Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Mark 2:14

Mark 2:14 - ... "Follow me," Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. (NIV)

Jesus clearly had charisma. Let's face it - he knew who he was, and had no doubt about the authority that he had. That kind of thing would make you somewhat charismatic. In this verse he tells the local tax collector to follow him, and Levi does just that. I don't think he did it blindly as I've heard from some people in the past, I imagine he knew Jesus fairly well already. But when Jesus told Levi to follow him, Levi obeyed. He gave up what he knew, and became a follower of Christ.

There are two challenges for me from this verse. Firstly, I want to know the authority that I have. The Bible clearly says that I have authority through Christ, but I need my mind to realise that. And secondly, I want to have the confidence to speak into people's lives. Not in a harsh way, but in the way that Jesus did. I want to be able to tell people to follow Jesus and have them respond.

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