This past Sunday morning my sermon was about seeing what is possible on our journey. The example was when Jesus passed by Levi (Matthew) and said “Follow me.”
Levi was a tax collector. From our vantage point, that does not seem like too bad of a thing to be. But to the Jews of Jesus’ day, it was one of the worst professions a person could have.
Israel was under Roman rule, which was bad enough. What made it even worse was that some of God’s chosen people had chosen to work for them. Levi was one of these people. In the eyes of the common people, he was a collaborator with the pagans who were occupying the promised land.
Jesus, though, didn’t just see how bad Levi was, He saw someone that He loved. He saw someone that could go on to be something different; something better. He saw what was possible.
We need to do the same. No matter where we are or where we have been, we can be something different; something better. Often, we get sucked into the lie that the way things are is the way things will always be. It does not have to be that way. We can be changed–if we are able to see what is possible.