Week Four – Jesus’ Encounter with Matthew
Day Two: Tuesday – Read
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As we read in Matthew 9:9-13, Jesus freely gave an invitation to an outcast tax collector to follow Him. Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus offering this invitation to many people facing various situations. Take time to read the passages below while reflecting on the cost and the reward of following Jesus. As you read, ask the Lord to reveal where you are.
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus[g] said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
John 1:43-46 ESV
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
RESPONSE: He instantly went to tell about Jesus
John 21:19 ESV
19 … And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.“
RESPONSE: Despite Peter’s denial, Jesus offered him yet another opportunity to follow Him. This was an invitation to display the continual commitment that Jesus asks of every disciple. “Follow me” is an invitation that expects a continual RSVP.
Questions and Reflection
Like us, the disciples in the passages above all had a life before Jesus invited them to follow Him. Some had to give up a lot, but one would argue they would say it was well worth the cost.
Can you remember a time that you said “yes” to trust Jesus? What was the outcome? How did your relationship with Him grow?
Maybe you’re thinking “This doesn’t apply to me, I already have a relationship with Him.” Jesus continually asks us to follow Him throughout the day-to-day circumstances we face. What area(s) in your life is God specifically asking you to follow Him? What challenges make it difficult for you to follow Him?
Luke 9:23 ESV
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.“
What is your response going to be?