I read a shocking story this week online of a man called Nathaniel Bolwell who was more than alarmed when he saw his bank account balance. It was overdrawn by a mere £179,000 when he was expecting it to be in credit by £400! He innocently ordered a pizza for delivery and paid with a debit card. Domino’s proceeded to draw £179,923.32 from his account instead of the £17.99 it should have been. What was even more surprising was that the bank authorized the payment! Thankfully Lloyds and Domino’s got together and put it right within two days. He even received £100 by way of apology.
In a few weeks time, as we continue through ‘The Red Letters’ theme in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life, we step through some difficult sections on the journey. There are parts that make for uncomfortable reading as it disturbs our western desires of an easy, peaceful life. In Matthew 8 Jesus reminds us that there is a large cost attached to being a follower of Christ. As disciples we should not be surprised, unlike Nathaniel.