Follow Me

by gary-foote on March 8, 2014

Follow Me

“Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi (Matthew) sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.”  And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.” Luke 5:27-28

I sometimes wonder what Matthew was thinking about when Jesus called him to follow Him. What, in that moment, compelled him to leave everything behind and immediately respond? He didn’t second-guess it; he didn’t say “maybe next week.” He responded in that moment.

As we can read in the Gospels, from that moment on for Matthew, following Christ didn’t mean an easy life. It meant leaving everything he was familiar with, his friends, his comfort zone, and his chosen profession, to go a different path- the path that leads to holiness. It meant trusting in Jesus even when following Him didn’t make sense.

During Lent, we have an opportunity to respond to the same call- to “follow Jesus.” How are we going to respond? Are we going to give an excuse? Or are we going to get up and follow Him even if it means getting out of our comfort zone and walking down an unfamiliar path?

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