What Are You Leaving Behind?

Thomas Blevins

Today’s Reading: Luke 5:27-28

“Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me and be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.” 
– Luke 5:27-28 (NLT)

I love cooler weather and fixing a warm cup of hot chocolate. Oddly enough, I’m fascinated with watching the miniature marshmallows that come packaged in my instant cocoa mix slowly disappear. These small and fluffy pieces that add so much to the flavor melt so quickly leaving only a trace of its existence when gone.

Each and every day that we wake and breathe, we experience a bit of the same existence. All day long we’re emailing or meeting or hitting a like button or snapchatting … and every so often, we add some flavor to those around us. But is there a trace of your presence?

When Jesus stopped to connect with Levi he didn’t spend a great deal of time asking him why he chose a life working for an oppressive regime like the Roman Empire or how could he live with himself taking money from the lower classes. No instead, He simply stated, “Follow me and be my disciple.” Jesus ever so graciously invites Levi to not only exist and continue living a life of little meaning, but to leave a trace of his presence for all of eternity. And Levi got up, left everything behind, and followed Him.

Fifty years from now we may be able to look back at the Instagram posts we uploaded or how many hours we spent responding to our inbox, but is what you’re leaving behind freeing you to follow Jesus?

If not, there’s no better time to embrace the same invitation that Jesus extended to Levi.