Bible Study Devotional -Day 151 – Commentary Luke 5:27-28 – Are we following Jesus?

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, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:27-29)

 My first boss was very political. He was a member of the governing board for physical therapists, and I met him while he was hobnobbing at the University of Florida. I was excited to get my first job so easily, especially when it came with a generous salary and a promise of a raise in six months. I had no money. At the end of six months, my boss denied promising me a raise even though he wanted me to stay. I quit because I was following a dishonest boss when I should’ve been following Jesus. I didn’t ask Jesus for help.  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, … It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:22-4:1)  

 Levi also was excited to begin his first discipling job. He already had money and knew it didn’t bring happiness. He had been a tax collector, a political figure known for dishonesty. Tax collectors in those days were hired to collect a certain amount. Anything they collected above that amount, they kept. Levi was shunned and known as a thief, especially to fishermen John, James, Peter, and Andrew because Levi was the tax collector collecting customs taxes from fishermen exporting fish to larger cities. Other Jews would not associate with tax collectors because they were considered sinners, so can you imagine how excited Levi was when Jesus chose him. John, James, Peter, and Andrew were probably not excited. But they all followed Jesus, and Jesus showed them how to love one another as He will show us when we follow Him also.

 Heavenly Father, help us to follow Jesus with excitement even when our bosses and coworkers don’t meet our standards. Help us to engage Jesus for assistance to see in them what He sees so we can love them too. Amen

Bible Study Devotional -Day 151 – Commentary Luke 5:27-28 – Are we following Jesus?

2 thoughts on “Bible Study Devotional -Day 151 – Commentary Luke 5:27-28 – Are we following Jesus?

  1. There have been so many times that I have not followed Jesus when I should have. I had a terrible habit of carrying the burden by myself and not asking for help, because I can handle it myself. It is almost like I need to prove to myself that I am strong enough to handle the problem. No I am not and I realize that Jesus needs to walk by my side every minute of the day. It is a good feeling to share the burden, whatever it maybe. It is also good to share the joys of life and remember to say thank you to God for all his blessings.

    1. Sis, I am glad you are following Jesus now. It will make your life easier and happier. If you have a problem I can help you with, ask God first, but know that I am available.

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