“As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and He said to Him, ‘Follow Me!’ So he got up and followed Him.” Matthew 9:9
I don’t know about you, but if someone came up to me and said, “Follow Me”, I’m not sure if I would know how to react! However, at this point in the time, people knew who Jesus (Yeshua) was. So obviously, He was not some ordinary man. Now in the chapters and verses before chapter nine, Yeshua was forgiving and healing the sick. If I had been there to witness all of what He did, I would have without a doubt gotten up to follow Him, as I’m sure you would, too! However, may I propose a question that is relevant for us today. If you were called to rise up and follow God in a way you would have never imagined possible, and you did not see with your own eyes miracles and wonders to confirm your belief, would you still follow? If the worst tragedy happened, would you still follow if you were called? The way this world has fallen has put us into a perception of that we have to see in order to believe. We have lost faith in each other, the laws and regulations, the government, and most importantly God. We have lost faith because we are the ones who have fallen short. We have allowed the enemy more access than he should have been granted.
In Matthew 9 verse 12 and 13 it says, “But when He heard this, He said, ‘Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” For are we not all sinners? Yes, of course we are. But in Ephesians 2:8-9 it records, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast.” So you already know that you have been saved by grace and Yeshua’s sacrifice. It doesn’t make us a perfect person, because we are still sinners. However, since we have the knowledge of the Creator, we are to have mercy on those who don’t, therefore giving what He has given us – unblemished, pure love. We are to share alll of His wonders and miracles, and being a light amidst the darkness. Yeshua sat with tax collectors and sinners, and the Pharisees were questioning His intentions. He did not come to save the righteous! He came to call the unrighteous. We are all made pure and righteous in His eyes. It is our job to be Yeshua’s disciples and with His help, call His people back to Him.
Will you rise up and take heed to the call? If you are called to follow and go a direction you didn’t intend to go, will you be obedient? Will you forgive easily and not be so quick to judge those who are just blinded by the enemy’s hold on them? I look at the world, and my heart breaks for those who just don’t know any better. They have been raised a certain way of how to live life. Their perception on how to live, what to say, who to be friends with, etc. becomes a big lie in the end, which a lot of times can result in depression and even suicide. This is why it is so important to follow “the call”. What do you feel God is calling you to do? Who are you supposed to talk to today to brighten their day or send a word of encouragement? How will you rise above the world’s standards in a holy, set apart way? Am I saying to force the light of Yeshua down people’s throats? Of course not! Let His light be drawn to them. Simply make an impression of love, kindness, and mercy. Let there be no spirit of fear. But, rather, a spirit of love and sound mind so that we can rise up to His call! Blessings, my friends!