Recently, I wrote here of the first and last words spoken to Peter. Consider another of Jesus’ disciples: Levi, the tax collector. He heard those same words as Peter… “Follow Me.” The Bible tells us that he did just that. He dropped everything and followed Jesus.
Some will say, “but that was then, and this is now. Jesus stood before them in person and gave them their call.”
How great an advantage they must have had… or did they?
Does not Jesus speak to us today exactly as He spoke to them (careful… we do serve a risen Lord)? Levi was approached by the Christ and was commanded to follow Him. The two things physically available to the tax collector were Jesus’ words and Himself… His body. This is all that Levi had to work with and all else he would do would be done by faith.
What do we have to work with today? First, we have His Word, and possibly the advantage is ours in this regard. Secondly, we have His body. If in fact the Church is the body of Christ in the world today, then we have everything Levi had… including the ability to walk by faith.
For me, this adds much meaning to the urgency of the Word of God, and the believer’s rightful place in the Church. How else will we hear Him say, “Follow Me.”
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- “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Today’s Verse : Luke 5:27 (simpleme2.wordpress.com)
- Paul’s Words To The Ephesian Church And Others (nancysjourney.wordpress.com)