“ As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.” – Mark 2:14 (NIV)
Today’s passage tells the beginning of Levi’s walk with Jesus. According to historical accounts, a tax collector would be told by the government an amount they expected from a collector, and it was his job to collect that much money in taxes. Many tax collectors were rich because they would collect much more than was required, and pocket the extra. When Jesus saw Levi, he invited him to leave the life he was making for himself and take up the life that Jesus wanted to make for him. Levi chose to quit following the life of a tax collector and take up the life of following Jesus Christ.
Being a Christian means to become a follower of Jesus. In the early days of Jesus’ ministry, many followed him. But following Jesus isn’t just a one-time decision that lasts forever. Life in Christ is a life where each day we make the choice to follow what Jesus wants. As our relationship with Christ grows, Christ will reveal more ways we need to stop living for ourselves and follow Him. Many of those who followed with Levi in the beginning eventually quit following because at some point, following Jesus meant going in a direction they were not willing to go.
How far are you willing to follow what the Lord wants? If the Lord asked you to do something outside your comfort zone, how willing would you be to do it? The Lord has two types of followers… those who have given him a blank check for their lives, and others who want to find the middle ground between what the Lord wants and what they want. Get in the habit of praying the prayer of Jesus in the garden… “I want your will to be done, not mine” (Matthew 26:39), and be a believer that keeps following Jesus all the days of your life.