Athlete, Follow Him

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, "Follow me." And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."  Luke 5:27-32

"Follow me."

Two words that changed the life of a tax collector named Levi. This is an invitation of total commitment to Christ. And what was Levi's response? Leaving everything.

Although tax collecting wasn't a very honest living, it was very lucrative. It made Levi lots of money but that was nothing compared to being in fellowship with Jesus. He was willing to give it all up to give up the material possessions to gain the spiritual fortunes.

Compare that to another story of the Rich Young Ruler in Luke 18:18-30. In this story the young ruler did everything right but wasn't willing to follow Jesus because of his riches. He walked away from Jesus.

Take an honest look at yourself and answer the question, which one do you more closely resemble? One is willing to give up everything to follow Jesus and the other isn't willing to follow because it is too costly.

What's stopping you from following Jesus with total commitment?
Is it the allure of money?  
Is it a relationship?
Your family?
Your sport?
Your reputation?    

What stops you from leaving everything behind to gain fellowship with the Savior of the world?





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