Later, as Jesus left [Capernaum], he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple," Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.
Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi's fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus' disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with such scum?"
Jesus answered them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor — sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent."
— Luke 5:27-32 NLT
Jesus came for a number of reasons, but specifically reaching out to sinners was clearly one of the central ones. His harshest words were reserved for those who thought they are already good enough. Religious people are often jealous when their "itch isn't scratched" by "their" church or their church leaders. However, any church that seeks to minister as the presence of Christ in the world (i.e., to genuinely be the body of Christ ) will have to minister with the same values Jesus had. Clearly, one of those values is a passion for reaching those outside of grace rather than catering to those who have already received it. Imagine if all of Jesus' disciples today could capture that passion!