Join the Story

Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. (Luke 5:27-28 NLT)

Star Wars is by far one of my favorite movie trilogies from when I was a kid. The struggle between good and evil spread over multiple worlds, and the compelling characters had such epic adventures. The unique Skywalker family experience twists and turns as they search to find their true identity and purpose. And it all occurs a long time ago in a… well, you know the rest. I was even more excited years later when the prequels were announced! Now we were finally going to know the back story that revealed why Anakin fell to the “Dark Side.”

Like Star Wars, sometimes you don’t catch a story from the very beginning – and that’s okay. Levi was also invited into this story as it was unfolding. Jesus comes into his workplace and simply says, “Follow me and be my disciple.” Levi gets up and leaves it all behind to follow Jesus.

There was so much of the story Levi hadn’t experienced by the time he was called to join it. Demons were cast out, multitudes of sick were healed, the good news of God’s Kingdom was preached, people were forgiven their sins, lepers were cured, and the lame were leaping and praising God! So much had already happened when Jesus swings by Levi’s place, and yet Jesus asks this man to join a story already in progress.

Maybe you haven’t had a chance to join the story of Luke. It’s not too late! I invite you to join the story today. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to hear God speak to you daily through the incredible story of Jesus. You don’t have to start from the beginning, just pick it up from here… you can always catch the prequel later.

-Ric

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