Super simple point today.
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector's booth; and He said to him, "Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him. Matthew 9:9
In Matthew’s account it seems as though Jesus is, at this stage of the gospel, hanging around His own home town, Nazareth. (see Matthew 9:1) and He runs into the tax collector, and they connect.
Was He there paying His taxes?
I can see this going down like this.
Jesus walks up to the table or booth, or how ever it was set up. Maybe it was like the DMV and they had to stand in line with a security detail lurking about to keep the troublemakers at bay. I don’t know.
But Jesus walks up to Matthew puts His money down, looks Him in the eye, and hears the voice of the of the Spirit with a message from the Father.
“Son, this one is one of mine. I have put an Apostolic call on his life. Draw him to Me.”
Was there more to their exchange than the “Follow me” that we get in scripture? We actually see this account in three of the gospels, and in each, that is all that we hear.
Next thing we know though, Matthew is at Jesus’ house with a number of his old friends, hanging out with Jesus.
Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. - Matthew 9:10
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Lord, help me see the calling in Your folks today, and help me to draw them to the Father too.
Walk with Jesus today.