“He Got Up and Followed Him”
In the course of being who he is and doing what he does, Jesus finds us as we are being who we are and doing what we do. It doesn’t much matter who we are being and what we are doing, apparently.
The Bible has a lot of accounts of God or Jesus calling people who were about the business of being good people who were doing good things, people like Noah, Abraham, Deborah, Mary, and Simon Peter, for example.
But the Bible also has a lot of accounts of God or Jesus calling people who were about the business of being not so good and even bad people who were doing not so good and even bad things, people like Rahab, Samson, Matthew, and Paul, for example.
What does matter is that, in some way or another, when push comes to shove, we get up and follow, and that we then do the best we can.
Lord, we confess that you call us to follow you. We furthermore confess that, whether we are being and doing good or bad or something in between, it is only by your grace that you call us. And we ask for the trust and strength to get up, to shed our failings or our pretensions, and follow you.
“As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9)