Invited to Follow

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi (also known as Matthew) sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed Him. – (Luke 5:27-28)

 

There are several really remarkable steps to Matthew’s story. First, he was a tax collector, and therefore, no friend to the Jews. Additionally, his position had likely been a very lucrative one for him, yet at Jesus’ invitation, he willingly walked away from it all, to faithfully follow Him. Even more than Matthew’s willingness to leave his life of luxury behind, He desperately wanted others to discover what he had found in Christ, so he held a great banquet, inviting all his friends, so that they too, might meet Jesus and choose to follow Him. Matthew laid down his material possessions to gain spiritual wealth, as he was overjoyed to be associated with Jesus.

 

Each of us has a story; a moment in time when we heard Him whisper an invitation to come and follow Him. What have we set aside to serve Him? Do we go out of our way to share the joy that we have found with those whom we care most about? May our stories each include passion, promise, and pride in He who grants us new life, as we willingly set aside whatever He asks, and choose to follow Him with all that we are.

 

When Christ comes along,MSH29

and calls us by name;

what will we lay down?

Money? Fortune? Fame?

Where He asks we go,

requires us move;

giant steps of faith,

our fears He’ll remove.

All trust is needed,

as are faithful steps;

when we go in peace,

we’re His righteous reps.

Help our hearts let go,

of temporal things;

and to You, Lord God,

we forever cling.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the remarkable examples of men and women that have gone before us, that willingly walked away from what was comfortable and known, into the unknown, as they trusted in You. Thank You that the benefits far outweigh the burdens for all of eternity, no matter what the cost seems to be in the here and now. Forgive us for our hesitation when we hear You call, and help us to move immediately, just as Matthew did. May our willing obedience be a blessing to all whom we encounter, and may many come to know of Your loving kindness as a result. Help us to love as You love us, and keep our hearts tender to hear from You. Be glorified, O God, as we faithfully follow You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

The joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10

The Hope of Humility

image by Revelations From The Road

image by Revelations From The Road

When we’re invited

and ushered right in.

Choose not the choice seat,

to keep far from sin.

For when we are humble,

He’ll lift us up,

He’ll exchange our low seat,

so beside Him we’ll sup.

Yet if we self-select,

the choice honored seat,

humiliation will come,

when we’re asked to retreat.

Far better indeed

to humbly come,

with a heart set to serve,

and to worship the Son.

Open the banquet

to guests one and all,

for his heart is for each one,

to answer His call.

The blessings abundant,

the table is spread.

Are our hearts truly humble?

Are we willingly led?

May our hearts be wide open

and may we serve with our hands.

May His kingdom shine through us,

as we faithfully follow His plans.

(response to Luke 14:7-14)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that your invitation to come is for everyone. Thank You that You do not just choose those who seem to have it all together, but You invite every heart that hopes to hear from You. Thank You for making the way for us to be in relationship with You now, and join You in heaven forever, through the atoning sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You that through Him, ALL who call on Him may be saved. Forgive us Father for not always preferring one another, nor walking in true humility before You. Help us to understand what it truly means, and lead us in a life of love that longs to seek and serve You completely. May the words of our mouths and the work of our hands lead the lost to Your loving embrace. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present