“Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” Matthew stood up and followed him.”
When you say the sentence, “Come with me” in your head, what voice do you hear? Do you hear a tone of excitement like a kid so excited to show us something? Or do we hear the voice a school Principal calling us out of class and saying, “Come with me”? I’d like to think it would be the former, but I fear it might be the latter as we are more used to the voices of authority speaking to us as if we are in trouble. It’s worth thinking about in the tone of our leadership statements. Imagine if the boss walked into a meeting and singled out a person and said, “Come with me”. The conversation after the person leaves the room likelywouldn’t steer towards, “Wow, she must be getting promoted!” Yes, our tone matters.
When Jesus called His Disciples to come with Him, the intonation in His voice had to be like no other. He spoke with authority but He also spoke with love and care. And there must have also been something unique in His voice that was exciting and compelling. We can never find or strike that same tone, but we can try. We can also listen daily for when He asks us to come with me and the more we listen and respond, the closer we will indeed come to Him.
Reference: Matthew 9:9 (The Message)
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