And after these things he went forth, and beheld a publican, named Levi, sitting at the place of toll, and said unto him, Follow me. And he forsook all, and rose up and followed him. Luke 5.27, 28.
Once when the Lord traveled and came to a certain place, He saw Matthew (Levi) sitting at the customs. He called Levi, saying, “Follow me,” and the latter arose and followed the Lord. Suppose a stranger would say to us, “Follow me”; would we rise up and follow him? Certainly not. But here is a Man to whom Matthew is drawn as iron to a magnet; he cannot help but forsake his former life, wealth and all, and follow Him.
Who knows the power behind Jesus’ word that causes Matthew to renounce his sinful life and abandon everything? Here is a Man that whoever sees Him must repent and be saved, that whoever listens to His voice will receive a new life, that whoever hears His call will rise up and follow Him.
- Heavenly Father release upon my life, the power to call sinner to repentance
- Heavenly Plant in my heart the burden for souls.