“13He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14£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. 15And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16And the scribes of£ the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat£ with tax collectors and sinners?” 17And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”–Mark 2:13-17
Verse 14 used to really bother me. A lot. “Follow me.” Jesus says to Levi…and he does. Right then. He gets up, leaves his tax box, and follows Jesus. There’s no, “Well I’ll pray about it” or “Let me think about this” or “I don’t know if I’m going to have time.” Levi just follows. Why is it we cannot do that too in our own lives from day to day?
I think the reason is that we think God’s Word is like a blog he stops by periodically and updates. It’s as if we believe he drops additional comments into our laps from on high, little tidbits and personal directions falling from the sky on little parachutes. 2 Timothy 3:16 and 17—look it up. My oldest memorized it in about five minutes and has been reciting it all week. I think you can probably do better. It’s the Word of God that makes the man of God complete, not further revelation.
Now I know, we’re talking about Jesus here. When he calls, we go. But isn’t that what’s supposed to happen today? Isn’t the Great Commission a mandate to ‘go and make disciples’? Whatever that entails I think we should be about it.
We should also leave those folks alone who are actually doing it. Not only should we not mess with them, we should lift them up in prayer and with our support as well.