Saturday: 19th January, 2019
Reference text: Mark 2:13-17
Mark 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
When a proposal for a ‘romantic’ date is made, on some occasions while the answer may be given there are then, there are other moments when the request is met with the response ‘give me some time to think about it’. For most people, that wait could be the longest. So I got curious about Levi in the Gospel of Mark today. There is neither mention of a previous encounter with Jesus nor of a desire to get to know the new wave of teaching sweeping through the land as Zacchaeus and Herod did.
However, two words: “FOLLOW ME” were all it took for Levi to abandon his post at the customs office to become one of Jesus’ disciples. So, what was it about the invitation from Jesus that Levi didn’t need any time to think it over, but jumped straight at the opportunity? I tried to put myself in his shoes, even if for a brief moment, to consider all the possible reasons I can offer for not pausing for a moment to review any offer I receive. The one reason that seemed acceptable to me was one given in response to something I have conceived in mind at least once.
So what happens when we widen the scope of possibilities while looking at the story of Levi: Did he respond out of curiosity? Was he bored of his current role? Was he actually looking forward to receiving a new offer? What were his real reasons? Beloved, whatever answer we come with, will be those we assume to be true on our own accord.
Nonetheless, we can at least agree that his response to the voice of Jesus was immediate. That is our challenge: ‘oh that you hear His voice, harden not your heart’. God’s Word is His voice and when his Words prompt a movement from us, let us be quick to respond.
Remember # Listen with your heart, and you will understand.