Day 6 – Read Mark 2:13-17
“He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him.” (Mark 2:13-14 ESV)
I wonder what I would do if Jesus, a man who I had never seen before, came up to me and said, “Follow me.” Would I be like Levi, and drop everything without any consideration of family or work obligations? To trust a stranger so completely? Sure, I claim to follow Jesus now without never having seen his face, but He also didn’t ask me to give up my livelihood or my family to do it.
At least not yet.
Truth is, I don’t identify with Levi or the other disciples as much as the many others in the gospels who declined Jesus’s offer. Had I lived back then, and
if I were the same person then as I am now, I would weigh the pros and cons
of following Him, and in the end the worldly cons might outweigh the spiritual pros.
For now, the worldly cons are not as scary as in Jesus’s time or in other parts of the world. I live in a country where following Jesus isn’t a life or death decision. I don’t have to sacrifice anything to do it—other than some pride now and then (and that’s hard enough, thank you very much).
I hope if that ever changes, and Jesus asks me to follow Him without hesitation or qualification—and knowing the consequences could be dire—I will be like Levi: a sinner who understands the spiritual pros far, far outweigh anything this world can offer.