Can’t Catch Three Balls…

(From the song “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”)

REVIEW: The Lord is always there to help when we call on him.

“After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.”

Luke 5:27-28 NIV

We have a little white dog named Daisy, and we’ve learned one thing about her. When outside, she always needs to be on a leash! Why? Because there are always bunnies and squirrels outside. They drive my dog nuts and she wants to chase them. If it weren’t for the leash, she’d run away trying to catch one of these critters.

Something I’ve noticed, though—when Daisy sees a bunny, that one bunny is all she cares about. She’ll run until her leash stops her. And then she’ll bark and whimper. The only way to get her attention is to tug the leash or go pick her up. Her focus is on that one bunny. She doesn’t care about anything else.

That’s a good lesson for us.

Try an experiment. Get three balls (or any other small object). Parents, toss two balls (at the same time) to your child. Now try tossing three balls (at the same time) to your child. It’s hard to catch all those balls at once, isn’t it? Now toss one ball. Much easier to catch!

And that’s what life is like. If you try to catch several balls, you’ll often miss all of them. If Daisy tried to chase two or three bunnies, she’d catch none.

That’s why it’s important to focus. Levi knew this well.

Levi had a job that made good money. He was a tax collector. Back then, people didn’t like tax collectors, but they made a lot of money. But when Jesus called Levi to follow him, Levi didn’t try to “chase two bunnies.” He didn’t remain a tax collector and follow Jesus. He focused only on Jesus, leaving everything else behind. That’s what it means when it says he “… got up, left everything and followed him.”

ART: Draw a picture of yourself trying to catch three balls at once.

PRAY: “Lord, thank you for Levi’s example of following Jesus without looking back. Help us to focus on you like Levi did.”chapter-16-photo.jpg

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