[Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.] (Lk. 5:27-28)
I always find it fascinating that whenever Jesus invites his eventual Apostles to follow Him, they accept His call and leave everything behind. Yet there are others to whom He extends a similar invitation and they decline (see the scene of the rich young man in Lk. 18:18-23).
There are three responses we can have to Jesus’s claim to be the Son of God and consequently His invitation to follow after Him.
1.) He is actually God.
—He does some things only God can do.
2.) He is a liar.
—Highly unlikely though since no one dies the death He did for a lie or something “made up”.
3.) He’s a lunatic.
—The witness of His life reveals not a crazy man, but rather someone who is deeply concerned with the
well-being of humanity.
So…if the eventual Apostles (like Levi) believe even in the slightest that Jesus is God, then it makes complete sense why they drop everything to follow Him.
Do you really believe that Jesus is God?
If so, are you, like the Apostles, willing to leave everything behind and follow Him?
What is Jesus asking you to “leave behind” in order to follow Him more closely?