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Text:  Matthew 9:9-13

Our text today is the call of Matthew to be a disciple and the theme is “the power and consequences of one decision.”  Just say the words “I do” in the right place and you’ll find yourself married or in the army.  One decision.

I had an uncle Bill who lied about his age to join the Navy during WWII.  By the time the Navy discovered this, he was on a destroyer in the South Pacific and would be legal by the time they got him home.  That decision changed his life.  He made another decision to declare his eternal love and had a large tattoo inked on his chest of a heart and arrow with the words, “I’ll love Mary forever.”  Later after breaking up with Mary and finding my Aunt Helen, he had to make more decisions that cost him pain and money. 

When we confess our sins, we are frequently reviewing bad decisions that have led to bad actions, but bad actions are small change compared to our decisions not to decide.  Our sins of omission far outweigh in number and seriousness our sins of commission. 

I know a story of a young couple that was driving through heavy rain to attend worship at the chapel on the campus of the University of North Carolina.  They saw an elderly man walking through the puddles and recognized him as a former president of the university.  After getting him into the safety of their car, they asked him, “What on earth made you decide to come to worship on such a terrible morning?”  “Heavens,” he replied, “I made that decision 45 years ago—and haven’t thought about it since!”

Matthew said “yes” to Jesus, and never looked back.  So should we.

             —Paul