“Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason: “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”…”But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – He told the paralyzed man, “I tell you: get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” Immediately he got up before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. Then everyone was astounded, and they were giving glory to God…After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me!” So, leaving everything behind, he got up and began to follow Him.” Luke 5:20-28
Jesus is looking for people who are willing to follow Him. After seeing and hearing about how Jesus healed and granted forgiveness for sins to a paralytic, Levi left everything behind and followed Jesus.
Why would he do that? He had a lucrative business and future plans. Apparently on this day it dawned on him that Jesus was much more than a miracle worker or prospective business partner. It became obvious to him that Jesus was God in the flesh. And as God, it was only right that He be listened to and obeyed. What else can you really do when He personally calls out to you, “Follow Me!”
Oftentimes we are so enamored by Jesus’ ability to teach and heal that we forget who He is. It is so much easier to focus on what Jesus can do for us rather than who He is. We’d rather approach God as some Divine Santa Clause who lives to give us presents when we need them or ask for them.
The Bible says that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As such He desires and demands our devotion. He wants you and I to follow Him. This is amazing! The God of the Universe has invited us to be a vital part of His Kingdom plans. All we have to do is follow Him.
When you placed your faith in Jesus Christ, you experienced the forgiveness of your sins. It was a gift from God. That forgiveness freed you to follow Him. Are you following Him? Following requires faithfulness and obedience to His plan. In fact, the forgiveness you have personally tasted should also motivate and prompt you to tell others about it. When was the last time you told somebody?
That’s what it looks like to be a “fisher of men.” Don’t forget what Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19)