Friday: 21st September, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 9:9-13
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.
In many of the old testament accounts, when God wanted anyone for a task, it seemed He just went out to get them himself or sent another to do so. Regardless of where they were or what they were: whether they tended sheep like David, tilled the land like Elisha or even asleep like Samuel; He went to locate them.
This is a theme also seen a number of times in the new testament with the call of the twelve and even Paul. As examples, Peter and James were called out of their fishing boats, while today, Matthew is asked by Jesus to leave his seat in the custom-House and to follow Him. Let’s not lose the plot because throughout those accounts, what may appear as coincidences, are nothing but evidence of right positioning.
We could make a case that ‘had Matthew not been at the seat of custom, Jesus would somehow still have found and called him’, but our reality is ‘he was found in that specific office just when Jesus passed by’. Beloved, there is a particular place and position from which God wants to get to you and in many cases, you have to put in some work to get to that place.
My dear, when we hear the statement ‘as times change, so must we’, it isn’t a call for complete metamorphosis; but for an understanding of the times so one is not left behind on their journey.
The new season within which we find ourselves is one in which one cannot lock themselves away from the rest of the world but still expect everything to fall freely into their laps: it is a season to step out and be out there.
Sweetheart, we have to understand that this season calls for an intentional decision to interrupt the path of opportunities by being present along that course because opportunities won’t always come to find us. Stating facts: Matthew would have missed the invitation of Jesus had he been home or away from his seat that day, and that can very easily become our story.
Remember # if you don’t understand the seasons, opportunities will just whisk by unnoticed.