Something Don’d on Me! 12-18-19

 “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”                          Philippians 1:6 NLT
 
One day, Jesus saw a man sitting at his booth and said simply, “Follow me and be my disciple.”  The man left his post and never looked back. (Matthew 9:9)
 
This same disciple went on to write the book of Matthew.  His ability to crunch numbers and handle large amounts of information sure came in handy when taking shorthand notes about the life of Jesus.  He was also well-versed in the Old Testament (his education would have provided the avenue for his current position).  Interestingly enough, the Gospel accounts of Mark and Luke don’t explicitly name Matthew’s previous occupation.  But Matthew wanted the world to know who he was.  He was a tax collector.  And tax collectors were sinners… only slightly higher on the social chain than pond scum. 
 
Jesus came for Matthew that day.  A tax collector.  Pond scum (or slightly higher).  The worst of the worst.  Jesus looked past who everyone knew Matthew to be.  And Matthew walked away from everything he knew to follow the Savior.  I’m reminded of the lyric in Glorious Day.  “You called my name and I ran out of that grave.”
 
Matthew’s Gospel account references at least eighteen Messianic prophecies.  And there’s one word that keeps coming back time and time again.  It means to bring to completion or reality.  The word is Fulfill.
 
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

I visited with a man today who said he was baptized a long time ago.  He was close to the Lord but, for whatever reason, he drifted away.  He said, “I know I missed out on all those spiritual blessings He had for me.” 
 
I said, “There’s still time.  God’s not finished yet.”  And then I invited him to our candlelight service. 
 
Many of us think we are tax collectors.  We’ll always be tax collectors and that’s just our reality.  But Jesus came to change our reality.  He came to bring our lives to completion in Him.  He came to make things new.  He came to break chains.  He came to die.
 
He came for you.  He came for me.
 
Born in a stable.  Nailed to a cross.  Buried in a tomb.  Risen from the grave.  May we be lost in wonder at the amazing love of Jesu and may His love move us to action as we leave our past behind and run out of that grave!
 
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER! 

SOLI DEO GLORIA
-F