Text: Matthew 9:9-13

Memorize: “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. ‘Follow me,’ he said to him. And he got up and followed him.” Matthew 9:9

Jesus made disciples by eyeballing them and calling them to a radical relationship which meant denial and abandonment in order to follow him. On the road, in a house, Jesus sought out people with a sense of need, and showed them the cure for their real malady.

He dismissed too-clean and too-healthy critics by sending them to Scripture, though he knew that mercy was beyond their ken. And he kept on going and calling sinners to repentance.

Word Cue: Follow (Gr., akoloutheo). The NLT translates Jesus’ call to Matthew, “Follow me and be my disciple.” This paraphrase rightly recognizes that the call is not for a lark, but for a lifetime; not an impulse, but an informed decision; not from curiosity, but as a commitment to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Prayer: O God who placed your Son before me, may I take my place each day behind him, to learn and share in his sufferings, for the salvation of many. Amen.

Action Question: What can I do to be a follower of Christ who answers his call without delay?

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