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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
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|SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
“And he left all, rose up, and followed him.” (Lu. 5:28).
Picture Levi sitting at a table beside the highway, collecting taxes from those who passed by. If he was a
typical tax-collector, he pocketed considerable sums of money instead of turning them in to the despised
On this particular day Jesus passed by and said, “Follow me.” A tremendous spiritual awakening took
place in Levi’s life. He saw his sins exposed. He realized the emptiness of his life. He heard the promise
of better things. His response was immediate. “He left all, rose up, and followed him.” In doing so he
anticipated Amy Carmichael’s pregnant lines: “I heard His call, ‘Come, follow!’/ That was all./ My earthly
gold grew dim,/ My soul went after Him,/ I rose and followed:/ That was all./ Who would not follow/ If they
heard Him call?”
But Levi, or Matthew as he is better known, little realized on that day when he answered the call of Christ
the great things that would flow from his obedience.
First of all, of course, he experienced the priceless blessing of salvation. From then on he wore out his
sandals on the toes instead of on the heels. From then on he had more joy even when he was sad than
he formerly had when he was glad. From then on he could say in the words of George Wade Robinson,
“something lives in every hue, Christless eyes have never seen.”
Then too, Matthew became one of the Twelve Apostles. He lived with the Lord Jesus, heard His
incomparable teachings, became a witness of His resurrection, went forth with the message glorious,
and finally laid down His life for the Savior.
To Matthew was given the unspeakable privilege of writing the first gospel. We said that he left all, but
the Lord allowed him to keep his pen. That pen was used to portray the Lord Jesus as the true King of
Yes, Matthew left all, but in doing so, he gained all, and found the real reason for his existence.
There is a sense in which the call of Christ comes to every man, woman, boy and girl. We can answer or
we can refuse. If we respond, He blesses us beyond our wildest dreams. If we refuse, He finds others to
follow Him. But we can never find a better Christ to follow.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Phil Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11
A.M. Family Bible Hour on Sunday, August
19, 2018. Phil and his wife Anne are the
parents of four grown children. Their son
Mark and his wife Karen served as
missionaries in Vienna, Austria for many
years. Phil serves as an elder and
Sunday school teacher of our adult class.
He and Anne have fellowshipped at Grace
Bible Chapel since the 1960s.