It is written, Jesus said “Come, Follow Me”…and Levi got up and followed him. Just like that…nothing further is written about this encounter specifically. The message that can come out of such a simple interaction is strong. Another interaction written in the bible…A rich young man ran up to Jesus and asked “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus instructed him to “sell all of your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” There it is again…
It is simply three words; come, follow me. As they say, that is easier said than done! Everything around us in the world is telling us to do this and get here and do that…very few times do we get the opportunity to sit and think about what it would mean to follow him. Here is what I have learned…the bible has all the instructions. It is clear about how God wants us to choose to live. Both of the above interactions are written about in the Gospel of Mark. The Levi encounter is in Mark 2 and the rich young man encounter is in Mark 10. Then in Mark 12 there is writing about The Greatest Commandment…
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no greater commandment than these.”
Thus we have the instructions…Love God and Love your neighbor. Do not do things just to serve you. Pray daily to grow in your relationship with God. Be humble and try to live with an attitude of gratitude. Next week is the Thanksgiving holiday…start thinking now how you can show the important people in your life how much you appreciate them, maybe give food or clothing or whatever you can to the needy…whatever that looks like is up to you and God.
If you are not sure where to start sit down for a quiet moment and ask him…he is waiting to hear from you. Then watch carefully for his guidance.
Peace to you and yours.