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A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, December 11, 2013

“After these things He [Jesus] went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.” – Luke 5:27-28

Levi was “sitting at the tax office” when he had an encounter with Jesus. The Greek words for “sitting at the tax office” as used in this verse are kathemai (pr. kath-ay-mahee) telonian (pr. tel-o-nee-on) which means “to remain, dwell in a tax gatherer’s place, or a place of business” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).

I wonder what Levi was thinking about that day, or on previous days, for that matter as he was sitting at his desk, remaining and dwelling in the world’s business. I wonder if Levi was thinking “Is this the best that life has to offer me? Is there anything better than being stuck in this dead-end job? This isn’t very fulfilling, nor does it make me feel any real sense of accomplishment. I feel like I am incomplete, like I am less-than, and missing out on my real purpose.” Does this sound familiar, my brother? Have a ring of truth to it, my sister?

I believe this is what this tax collector was experiencing, and I say this because the Word of God tells us that “Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi.” Jesus was on assignment. He wasn’t merely going for a walk. Every single thing that Jesus did, every single step that the Savior took, and every single word that the Son of God and Son of man spoke, was intentional and with purpose.

The Greek word for “went out” as used here is exerchomai (pr. ex-er-khom-ahee) meaning “go forth, direct, complete,” and “saw” in the Greek is theaomai (pr. theh-ah-om-ahee) which is “to look closely at, to perceive literally or figuratively.” Jesus stepped out that day because He was on a mission to heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3), and Jesus heard the cry and saw the condition of Levi’s broken heart.

When the King of kings and Lord of lords said to this broken-hearted man “follow me,” Levi didn’t question, scoff at this peculiar request, nor did he send Him away; because in Levi’s spirit, he knew this person, this Jesus, was the answer he had cried out for silently in the still of many nights.

The Greek word for “follow” is akoloutheo (pr. ak-ol-oo-theh-o) which means “a union, a road, to be on the same way with, to accompany as a disciple, to reach.” Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). He is the road of salvation that leads back to the Father. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “union” as “an act or instance of uniting or joining two or more things into one; the growing together of severed parts.” When we are in union with the Bridegroom then our lives, our very beings become joined with His, and we are hid in Christ Jesus (Colossians 3:3); we are grafted into the Vine, who is Life Eternal (Romans 11:17).

A disciple is “a convinced adherent of a school or individual”; whereas “adherent” means “able or tending to, connected or associated with, especially by contract. When we follow the Savior, we are in union with Him by an unbreakable contract which is His sinless, spotless blood that He shed for every single person for the remission of sins (Hebrew 9:22).

Is your heart broken, my brother? Do you feel empty inside, dear sister? Are you tired of being about the business of the world, family? Jesus hears the cry of your heart, He sees your brokenness, and He comes to you with healing in His hand. The Savior has you in His transforming sights with a close eye. He wants to take you out of the world’s business and put you in the Father’s business, so that your genuine journey can begin. Will you let Him?

Join me tomorrow at our usual, but most unusual and highly-anointed place, where humanity meets Divinity for the conclusion of this mind and body-cleansing revelation.

Father, thank You for hearing the cries of our hearts. Thank You for healing our broken hearts and making us whole through the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. We respond eagerly to the call of the Savior, our Savior, by following Him. In Jesus Name, we thank You, Most Loving God, for doing a new thing in us this day, and for transforming us back into Your Image. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to hear and respond to the call of the Savior. Choose to be about the Father’s business and leave the world’s business to its own by being in the world, but not of the world (Romans 12:2). And continue to fight the good fight of being led by the Savior; for God, your Way Home, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2013.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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