“The Master and the Mission” in Matthew-48

"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" (Matthew 9:8). One verse but loaded with significance. Jesus singled out one man. Individuals were given His attention. He saves people individually, not in groups. (Several may be saved in a group but that is not the blanket conversion of a group). This man was despised by most. The advice that Jesus might have been given: "Don't waste time on that low-life!" Jesus came to call sinners to repentance and to Himself. A man of Matthew's make-up might, upon the hearing of Jesus' call to follow, ask why he should. Instead, he followed without hesitation. We are not told what He knew about Jesus or about what his own thoughts might have been. He simply followed. Undoubtedly, God had been working on him. Jesus knew that at this very moment Matthew was ripe for the calling. Matthew likely left his source of income and never looked back. Jesus had become more important to Matthew than a lucrative income. We can never assume that someone is beyond reach. Too often, we look at "a down and outer" as beyond hope and an "up and outer" as one who would never be interested. There was authority in Jesus' Word and we have that same authority today when we wisely use His Word in witnessing to someone. How could a person like Matthew find a place of service? Well, he was God's instrument to write one whole book of the Bible. We simply don't know who is or isn't beyond reach. God does know. Our part is to reach out, in trust and dependence, and leave the rest to Him. Selah! God is in the business of salvaging even the most unlikely to be saved and when they do open their hearts and lives to Him as Savior and Lord, He transforms them into men and women of God. Ron

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