At the call, Levi leaves all that he has – but not because he thinks that he might be doing something worth while, but simply for the sake of the call. Otherwise he cannot follow in the steps of Jesus. This act on Levi’s part has not the slightest value in itself; it is quite devoid of significance and unworthy of consideration. The disciple simply burns his boats and goes ahead. He is called out, and has to forsake his old life in order that he may “exist” in the strictest sense of the word. The old life is left behind, and completely surrendered. The disciple is dragged out of his relative security into a life of absolute insecurity (that is, in truth, into the absolute security and safety of the fellowship of Jesus), from a life which is observable and calculable (it is, in fact quite incalculable) into a life where everything is unobservable and fortuitous (that is, into one which is necessary and calculable), out of the realm of finite (which is in truth the infinite) into the realm of infinite possibilities (which is the one liberating reality)….Beside Jesus nothing has any significance. He alone matters.
Entrepreneurs of Life
“Will we ever go back?” Lucy asked.
“I should think so; but it will probably happen when you’re not looking for it.”
Lucy and the Professor in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
What happens when you combine the highly improbable (Black Swan) with infinite possibilities (The Mystery Box)? Well if you believe there is no God, you experience the perpetual perception of chaos with the sense that your feet are firmly planted in mid-air. If on the other hand you believe in God (and his Son) you can experience what Levi (Matthew) did when Jesus looked at him and said, “Follow me.” In other words, you hear His call.
What can appear as an existence of continual uncertainty is, to the Christian, a world of Adventure with incalculable and infinite possibilities. As those who believe, all we have to do is prepare…prepare, and listen.
We can help our young men to be ready for His call; we can encourage them to embrace a future with highly improbable and infinite possibilities. We can teach them the Heavenly Hat Trick.