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.
It is my planning time late in the afternoon at school when I get the call.
"Mom!" My daughter, Sarah, is on the line, sobbing hysterically. "I just had an accident! Please, please come get me. Come get me!"
"Dear Lord! Are you hurt? Where are you?"
Sarah tells me she's alright. Just shaken up. Gives me her location.
"I'll be right there!"
I drop everything. Rush out of the school with barely a word to the office.
This is an emergency. This can't wait.
My baby is in trouble!
If you are a parent, you would do the same thing, wouldn't you? Stop everything you are doing and run to your child's aid. Or, if your spouse calls needing your help, wouldn't you have a similar reaction?
These behaviors are natural for us when we are in close relationship with someone. We'll go to any and all lengths necessary to heed their call. To meet their needs.
But, would you drop everything to answer the call of a perfect stranger?
That's why I think Matthew knows who Jesus is. Has heard His teachings. Maybe, since he is a tax collector despised by the Jews, hovering only on the periphery of the crowds. Trying hard not to be noticed.
And, wishing with all his might that the Lord would notice him. Invite him to join the disciples. Even though he is so unworthy . . .
So, when Jesus passes by the tax booth and tells him to follow, Matthew reacts instantly.
Can this really be happening? Is this Jesus calling me? He is! He IS!
Matthew drops everything!
Jumps up and follows the Lord.
Are you answering God's call to you? Are you following the Lord?
Will you join me in prayer?
Help us, Father, to hear Your voice calling to our hearts each day. Let our prayers always be to follow You, to walk in Your will and Your ways, to Your honor and glory. May others see You in us. Amen.
Psalms 102 or 107:1-32