Later, as Jesus left the town, 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. (Luke 5:27, 28)
Many through the ages have heard of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness he extended, and the new life he offered through the gift of grace. The proposal to have our reckless choices, mistakes, and trespasses in life and their ramifications expunged is the offer of a lifetime. The qualifier, however, is to follow Jesus, to embrace him, his lifestyle, and what he requires for this privilege of liberation. Therein lies the tension point and sadly, for many, the deal breaker. Some foolishly decide to not embrace his offer and will one day realize they arrived at a destructive point to which there is no return.
Levi provided us an example for the proper response to so great an invitation. Jesus invites us to follow him, and upon the invitation, we should leave behind every hindrance, everything which we hold of value in the world. Leave it and follow him. It may not be easy, but it is the wise, right, and the life-giving choice. Nothing in this world or what the world has to offer compares or is worth forfeiting the invitation to follow Jesus.
You have extended the offer to follow you. Lord may I never hesitate in any directive from the first invitation to receive you as Savior and Lord or to any request you would make of me during my lifetime Amen.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,