A Job For All of Us

And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me.  And he arose and followed him.

Mark 2:14

And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

Mark 5:18-20

Here we have a contrast of two different calls that Jesus gave to people.  In the first example, we have Jesus passing by a man named Levi (who we usually know as Matthew) and told him to “follow me.”  And, in a wise decision, he got up and followed Him.  He wasn’t even asking to follow Jesus, but Jesus had a plan for him and that plan involved him following Jesus and becoming a disciple.

On the other hand, we have the second example.  In this case, the demon possessed maniac who was gloriously healed asked Jesus to be allowed to go with Him.  He wanted to follow Jesus and wanted to be where His Saviour was.  But Jesus had a different plan for him: “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”  He wanted this man to go home and tell all those that he knew all about what Jesus had done for him and to him.

The point of looking at these two examples is to remember that the Lord has a different job for all of us.  What He wants me to do, He might not want you to do.  And what He wants you to do, might not be for me.  While we may not all have exactly the same job, He does give us all something to do.  We need to do the best we can with what He has given us to do and not worry so much about what He has given another to do.  Doing our best at what we have been given is our goal.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    “Doing our best at what we have been given is our goal.”
    Some days I don’t feel like I do such a good job following Him, but I am thankful He has not turned me away.

    Blessings
    ann

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