In this passage, we see the time when Jesus calls Matthew (Levi) to follow Him as a disciple. Matthew was a very busy man, but when the call comes to follow Jesus, he doesn't use his busyness as an excuse. Matthew was a tax collector - an occupation that was very much looked down upon in Jesus' day. However, the gathering we see of Jesus and the tax collectors at Matthews house was the perfect picture of the compassion and love of Jesus towards the lost. As we study these verses, we will be reminded of the importance of prioritising the mission of Jesus, and also of the blessing of following His example to invest our lives into those who come to see their need for a Saviour.