Tonight we had a dozen guys over to our house to watch Clemson stomp Alabama for the National Championship in College football. We had a great time with 10 rooting and cheering for Clemson, and 2 for Alabama. Everyone brought food with barbecued ribs being my favorite by far, and there was pizza, Paddington’s Pizza, taco’s, fried chicken, barbecued chicken, chips and dip, cheese salami and crackers, and a cooler full of Soda Pop. The food was great, the game was fun to watch and the fellowship was awesome. As I sat enjoying the company and fellowship, the game and the food, I thought I wonder if this kind of thing had existed during the time of Jesus, if he would attend and be part of something like this. Then I thought of the party that Levi threw for Jesus when he became a disciple of Jesus after responding to the invitation that He gave to follow Him and be trained as an evangelist in Luke 5:27-30,
“After that Jesus went out and noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.
And Levi gave a big party for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?”
So I think Jesus would have come to my football Party, but it would have been with a very clear purpose, to influence people to follow Him as their Lord. Life lived with no clear compelling purpose is like a dog chasing his tail. So many people just live life as a victim, with no clear eternal purpose that gives them zeal and passion, and a great sense of worth and value.
My life purpose is to please the Lord in all I say and do, to serve the Lord and to do His will, and to influence as many people as I possibly can to be growing, fully devoted followers of Jesus. Every morning I declare my purpose out loud, present my life to Jesus as His servant, and ask for His guidance, strength and wisdom.