Matthew 9-10: The Calling of Levi

I am always convicted by the response of those whom Jesus calls. Levi the tax collector is a great example. We know him now as Matthew the writer of the New Testament’s opening book. But He was, at one time, and hated traitor to his own people. Tax collectors were political sellouts, who robbed their family and friends to fund the Roman government and line their pockets.

But here in Matthew 9:9 we read this simple account:

eAs Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

That’s it. Jesu called and he followed. No questions. No excuses. No “can I go bury my dad.” Jesus says, “follow” and Matthew follows.

I want to live life this way. I want to follow Jesus because He says follow. This takes humility. It takes sacrifice. It takes faith. Great faith. But Jesus is a great God and so worthy of being followed.

Through the cross, Jesus is calling all who will come. He calls us to come and die so we might live.

I want to go where He calls.

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