9 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
Just like that, Matthew followed Jesus.
What did they say to each other besides the obvious?
What was it that made Matthew drop what he was doing and follow?
Did Matthew even know what it meant or would entail?
Of course we don’t know the answer to any of those questions, but the harvest and timing was definitely ripe.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people follow Jesus each day.
What goes on behind the scenes for them to follow?
People do just drop what they’re doing and follow Him.
And no, nobody really knows what following Jesus entails or what it means.
They just know that we’re tired of the life we’re living now.
They’re tired of the hurt and pain we are experiencing.
They’re tired of living this life without a support system.
They’re tired of living a life of confusion and chaos.
They’re tired of living life without a clear conscience.
As we’ll see, as a tax collector Matthew was very low in the social pecking order.
Jesus still uses the lowly as examples of His great power.
In fact, one could easily make a case that he only uses the lowly people of this world as examples of His great power.