27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. 29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
This is the story of the invitation to Levi the tax-collector to become a disciple of Jesus. As a tax collector for the Roman Empire Levi would have been wealthy but considered a legal extortionist and generally hated. He would have known following Jesus was an end to his wealthy lifestyle and this was evidenced by the big ‘going away’ party he threw.
We don’t know exactly what happened the day Jesus spoke the words ‘follow me’ to Levi, but it was a powerful conversion experience that changed his life forever. After this he was known as Matthew the disciple of Jesus.
This story is important as we all have our own ‘follow me’ moment that we should think on and share with others. We know Jesus uses once damaged and broken people to witness to and restore other damaged and broken people. We also know Jesus accepts people of no reputation with the intention of them living an abundant Godly life.
We all have an ‘origin story’ that is worth telling, so take the opportunity today to think about your ‘follow me’ moment with a view to sharing your story.
Lord, remind us today of the exact moment you said to us ‘follow me’.
Written by David Newton