Who Am I?

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I wanted to share with you a Monday devotional thought I'm calling, “Who Am I?”.

“…He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ He told him. Matthew got up and followed Him” (Matthew 9:9).

I’ll let you in on a little secret if you promise not to hold it against me. I love Starbuck’s coffee. Sometimes the person taking my order will ask for my name. I’m not a big fan of this custom. My reluctance must say tons about my desire for privacy and my introverted personality. “Can I have your name, please?” the barista politely asks. I reply, “Boaz.” Usually, I get a very puzzled look. Shame on me.

 Not long ago, in my systematic reading of the Gospels, I encountered the story of Matthew (Levi). Three of the Gospel writers retell the story (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17; and Luke 5:27-32). Commentators debate on what kind of tax collector Matthew might have been. Most likely he was a “tax farmer” or someone who was strategically placed in a given town, probably Capernaum, and assigned the task of collecting import duties on anything and everything brought through that location. Regardless of whether Matthew worked for King Herod or Caesar, the end result was the same. No one liked this guy. The strange part is that Matthew’s calling to be a disciple of Jesus is inserted into a collection of miracles. It’s as if Matthew is retelling his own calling as a miracle-story. An outsider, hated by so many, becomes an insider through two simple words from the grace-filled lips of Jesus, “Follow me.”

And so it is with us.  Of course, Boaz is not my real name. Truth is my real name is “child of God.” I hope that one idea makes a difference in your identity and this particular day.

God's invitation has made all the difference. Praise Him!