27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax booth. “Follow me,” he said to him. 28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything behind. (Luke 5:27–28 NET)
The two words “follow me” are powerful in the context of passages like this. To think of a man like Levi who had a good paying job, power, authority, and many other things our human nature desires leaving all of that behind to follow Christ is amazing. It seems that in today’s culture finding even a few who are willing to leave everything behind for a few days or weeks to go on mission with Christ is seemingly impossible. Many can’t even respond to the call to clean the church on a Saturday morning, or greet new comers at the door on Sunday much less really follow Christ in the sense that Levi did. The text tells us that Levi left everything behind to follow Christ, and he knew virtually nothing of the man or the mission compared to the knowledge we have today in the context of Scripture and over 2,000 years of history. Christ did not call everyone to full time vocational ministry then, and I don’t believe he does today either. Not everyone will be called to leave their job, family, friends, and dreams to follow Christ although a faithful few do. But all believers upon their calling into the faith have a responsibility to leave their old lives behind and to become faithful followers of Christ. We must make it our goal in life to follow Christ and complete the mission we are given. That mission will take time, effort, preparation, and require sacrifice on some level. Our call to follow may not seem as religiously romantic as that of Levi’s, but it is not any less significant. Will you answer the call to follow Christ, or simply submit another excuse to the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS?