Luke 5:27; ... He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." John 1:44 ... He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." In both passages, the words "Follow Me" are in the form of an imperative; i.e. a command, and no options or alternatives are suggested. Jesus didn't give an invite; He commanded them to follow.