January 7, 2022
The Year of our Lord, Jesus Christ
January 7, 2022
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
Amazing. It is doubtful that Matthew left home on that certain morning expecting to quit his job. He probably didn’t share with his wife that he was going into the “ministry.” There is no evidence in Scripture that he prayed about it, sought counsel about it, or even desired it. Yet that is what he did. He left his job with no guarantee, salary, insurance, title or promise of career advancement. All he had was two words from Jesus. Follow me.
Many have lived this. For there are men and women around the world doing great works for Jesus Christ that at one time or another simply decided to follow Him. Perhaps they were young, or teenagers, or twenty somethings, even in their middle age or amazingly in their senior years. Who knows when? But we do know what they did. They chose to follow Him. Many who are pastors would have been CEO’s or owners of businesses. Singers could have made a fortune with their voices; Christian school teachers or administrators could have received tremendously better benefits in public education. But they decided to follow Him. He extended a call, they said yes.
Matthew’s decision was immediate. Sometimes it takes longer. But whether this thing of deciding to follow His call for their lives was quick or well-planned they followed! Peter, Andrew, and Matthew all simply followed Jesus’ invitation, His call, to Follow me.
If He were to issue that invitation to you, would you? If yes, great, wonderful! If not, at least love, honor, and respect those who have, who did, and/or who will! For there is no greater work of faith than to be saved through the new birth by faith. Secondly, (in my opinion) there is no greater work for the saved than to simply follow Him and be faithful in that call for a lifetime.
Matthew didn’t count the cost, did not have a contract, nor did he stop in doubt that which he started by faith. He simply followed Jesus’ personal command to him; Follow me.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.