“And he (Levi or Matthew) left all, rose up, and followed Him” (Luke 5:28).
It is so interesting, as one reads the Gospels, to see the responses of those whom Jesus called to follow Him. Of course, many chose not to follow. They all had great excuses, which would keep them from following Jesus wherever He might lead. Sounds a bit like us today. But a handful made the choice to follow Jesus and when they did, IT COST THEM SOMETHING. For most, if not all of them, they had to leave father, family, friends, financial security, and everything that was familiar to them to follow Christ!
To follow Christ means far more than simply going to church services three times a week, giving in the offering, and passing out a tract here and there. Following Christ is total devotion to the Person and purpose of Christ in the world. In other words, going wherever He might lead me to go and doing whatever He might lead me to do!
In the above passage, we find that Levi was willing to leave everything behind to follow Jesus. The question is this, who or what are we willing to leave behind to follow Jesus?
“My greatest fear, even now, is that I will hear the words of Jesus and walk away content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him.”