“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” – Matthew 9:9

 

When we receive an invitation to a wedding, a party, reunion, etc., we always have a response. Some will anticipate the invitation with excitement, and some with a “How will I get out of this?”

In today’s passage, we read how Jesus communicated two words that would forever change Matthew’s life: “FOLLOW ME.” What simple, yet all-encompassing words. Jesus asks those words of me every day of my life, and I, like Matthew, have a choice. Do I set aside my agenda, my desires, my wants, and follow, or do I hesitate and think, “Not today, Lord; I have a plan and responsibilities that are very important?”

As a man who has tried to follow the Lord for over thirty years, this invitation is always one that I have to check my flesh, my sinful nature, and remind myself that I have been purchased, and I am no longer my master.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

My willingness to surrender my will to the invitation of my Savior will give me a life of peace, purpose, and promise. This life of following our Lord is truly the adventure we were all called to. Knowing that He’ll never leave us alone, knowing that He’ll never lead us astray, and knowing that His intention is good for me, brings me great comfort as I choose to follow Him today.

Tomorrow will come and so will His invitation. By the grace of God, may we all “get up and follow.”

Rory Whitney
Candlewood Church
Omaha, NE

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