Matthew 9:9 “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.”
The reputation of Jesus had been spreading like wildfire. He had been doing all kinds of miracles at this point. No doubt Matthew knew about Jesus. But Matthew was despised by both the Jews and the Romans because he was a tax collector.
When Jesus came by and said “follow me”, Matthew did. He rose up from his desk and followed Jesus. This was an opportunity he didn’t want to miss. Neither should you.
Following Jesus would not be easy for Matthew, and it isn’t easy today either. In fact, even in Matthew’s day, there were many that started to follow Jesus, but turned away when things got hard.
It says in – John 6:66–67 “From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”
In the long run, it always proves worth it to follow Jesus to the very end. There are plenty of men that are fast off the starting line, but there are few that make it to the finish line. Will you be one of them?
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Follow Jesus, to the finish line.