Who’s Matthew? That’s a complicated question!
I’m a husband. I’m a father. I’m an engineer. I’m a coffee drinker. I’m a CrossFit novice. All these things define an aspect of who I am. They each tell a story; hopefully, an interesting one, but that’s not all. There’s more to me than that.
It’s true I’m an ordinary guy. I’m not rich like Donald Trump or charismatic like Tony Robbins. In fact, if you ran across me in a coffee shop, you might not even notice me. I’d be the guy sitting in the dark corner, drinking dark coffee, and furiously typing on my laptop – the introvert sitting at the edges of the room.
While I’m just a normal guy, there’s not much “normal” about the way I live my life. You see, a number of years ago I chose to be a follower of Jesus. Following Jesus, to me, is more than being a “good person,” or cracking open my Bible from time to time. To be a follower is a commitment to go where Jesus goes and do the things Jesus does. It’s like playing an epic game of “Simon Says.” Jesus “says” and I am invited to respond. My greatest joy is to know this “Simon” and to experience life with him.
I’ve chosen to center my life on the words of this Jesus, when he said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20).
I do my best to be a “go man” and tell other people about how awesome Jesus is; and if I’m fortunate enough, some of those people will become disciples of Jesus and join me in this adventure.
So while it’s true that I’m just an ordinary guy, there something clearly peculiar about me. I carry a Minnesota driver’s license and pay my taxes, but I follow a different King, belong to a different kingdom, and have different values. Wherever I go, I carry the reality of that kingdom and the authority of my King. As he enables me, I “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, [and] cast out demons” (Matthew 10:8), all the while proclaiming the good news of this life, this new way to be human.
I’m a doer. I take risks. I live courageously, love extravagantly, and listen intently to the needs of those around me. Oh yes, and I also forgot one thing: I also fail quite frequently. But when I botch it, I get back up, wipe the dirt off my face and keep following Jesus.
And I’d love it if you joined me.