Monday: 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.
Growing up, whenever a student was invited to the principal’s office, regardless of their spotless profile, there is a degree of apprehension associated with that invitation. This was the case “When a person stood in their office, that is when they are perceived to be ‘most influencial'”: in many cases, even unapproachable. Thus, a degree of boldness was required.
We might not be concerned because Jesus is the one throwing the invitation to Matthew, but Matthew was at post. What Jesus did was to look past the office to reach the man who occupied it. He did not address the office- He addressed the man in that office. Very often the status of people acts as a barrier to hold us back from approaching them. Even when we occupy the same space, we are apprehensive to approach because of the assertion of their ‘might’.
There have been calls for leaders and all people to become more approachable but sometimes, boldness is also required to reach out. If status was the barrier to approaching another, then we should be nowhere near God in all His power, might and splendour. But here we are, standing before his throne in all boldness.