I can hear the coins falling to the table as Matthew collected taxes for the Roman empire. As people sneered and begrudgingly paid their taxes, I wonder if Matthew felt uneasy. Tax collectors were not liked by the community and it may have been a lonely life for Matthew. Yet, he was comfortable and had money to securely live.
Oh, how I relate to Matthew. I have a nice home, a car full of gas, stability, friends, food, and clothing, and everything I could ever want. It is comfortable and sometimes it makes me sick with how okay I am with my modern-day comfort as a Christian.
Perhaps Matthew was able to eat and live but what was he really doing with his life that would matter when he was gone? He was stuck in his comfortable box with his comfortable job. Until a man walked by one day and said, “Follow me.”
Matthew followed the man who he would come to know as Jesus Christ. As he left his life of comfort, only God knew what lay ahead.
Matthew 9:11-13 KJV says, “And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
We get caught up in our comfort. I know that I fall for the lie that comfort is okay as a Christian. We forget that our lives should always reflect Jesus to a dying world that needs Him. As we neglect to love our neighbor and share Jesus with them, we allow more and more people to die in their sins. It is our job as Christians, to become uncomfortable and go out of our way to share Jesus.
I believe we can use our possessions, time, talents, and money to bring glory to God but above those things, on (hopefully) the highest spot on our list, I know we are commanded to prioritize sharing the Gospel with the lost and dying world around us (Matthew 28:16-20).
What are we leaving behind for Christ when we die?
Is our legacy one of Jesus and His mercy?
Jump out of the comfortable box you are in, set it on fire, watch it burn to the ground, hit your knees, and humbly ask God the hard questions. Ask Him where he wants you, what He needs you to let go of, and to give you the strength to do what He is asking you to do.