What did Jesus see?

What did Jesus see?

Luke 5 v 27-28 “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.”

  1. “If this man can be committed to do a job that everyone hates him for, then he won’t let me down.”
  2. “This man has a name, but I will deal with his identity later. For now, I need a tax collector to be part of my team, I need those who the religious disqualify and who would never think of having any other destiny. I need the imperfect.”
  3. “This man will show initiative. I need followers who know what must be done to follow. On my simple invitation I know this man will get up, he will leave everything and he will walk away.”
  4. “I need to mobilise this man from the sitting position to the walking position. Mobilisation fuels transformation not the other way round.”
  5. “This man needs not just to know about my reputation, he needs to be submerged into that. The important thing for this man is not where we are going or what we will do but it is who he will be with which is ME.”

 

What did Jesus see?

  • Commitment
  • Imperfection
  • Initiative
  • Mobilisation
  • Identity

 

These are hallmarks of discipleship still today.

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