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June 1, 2019

Which One Are You?

“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 the verse above we see the response of Matthew to Jesus' invitation to follow him. Now, consider Jesus' invitation to the man referred to as the rich, young ruler and his response. Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property" (Matthew 19:21-22).

Two men, same offer, different results. Matthew was, for all intents and purposes, a crook. Tax collectors were to collect the tax for the government. Any other monies collected they could keep. And Matthew was good at his job. He had a home (evidenced by the feast held later) and friends (they were at the feast too). Probably not the most religious person we would have met. But he was missing something and knew it.

Contrast him with the rich, young ruler. He was doing well too. He was wealthy, he was a leader, and kept the Law. Those who would look at him saw a successful business man who followed all the religious rules of the day. But, he was missing something and knew it.

What made the difference between the two? Matthew was willing to admit his life was not where it needed to be. The rich young ruler, however, was not willing to admit that his god was not the God. He thought he was following the Law, when it fact he missed the most important law, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Question: Which of the two men can you relate to more?

Challenge: Consider for a few moments now whether you have made anything or anyone else more important to you than following Jesus?

Prayer: O Lord, clear our hearts of all allegiances until what is left is a pure desire to follow you with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.

Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Rays


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