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