THURSDAY 7TH MAY, 2020
THEME: Follow Me!
PASSAGE: Mark 2: 13-22
HYMN: MHB 578 – A CHARGE to keep I have,
MEMORY VERSE: Mark 2:17 “When Jesus heard it, He said unto them, They who are whole have no need of the physician, but they who are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Levi was another name for Matthew, a Jew, a publican appointed by the Romans to be his area’s tax collector. He collected taxes from citizens as well as merchants passing through the town.
Tax collectors were expected to take a commission on the taxes they collected and most of them overcharged and vastly enriched themselves like many of our public servants today. Tax collectors were therefore despised by the Jews because of their reputation for cheating and their support for Rome.
The day Levi (Matthew) met Jesus, his mission changed. He did not waste any time starting to witness. He accepted to follow Jesus. He later held a meeting in his house to introduce others to Jesus. The lesson here is that we do not need to wait for Spiritual maturity before we begin the act of witnessing for Christ. New believers can begin to share their faith straight away. Accepting the new mission commissioned to him, Matthew did not fail Christ. He was one of the 12 Disciples of Jesus Christ mentioned in the Bible, and preached Christ in Judea and Ethiopia for many years before his death.
Following Jesus entails, listening to His Word; acting on the Word; believing in Him; trusting Him for His promises; submitting to His will; allowing Him to make you what suits His purpose for your life and carrying out the GREAT COMMISION with all sense of urgency.
Are you still waiting for confirmation before you take on the task? Procrastination is dangerous; it is an enemy of progress. Begin the task immediately. Do not wait because time is of essence. It waits for no one.
PRAYER: Rock of Ages, I acknowledge You as Lord and Saviour and ask that as You call me for Your mission in life, take away from me the Spirit of procrastination in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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