Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 48)
As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector's booth. 'Follow Me and be My disciple,' Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed Him.
Matthew 9:9 (NLT)
Back in the days of Christ, tax collecting was a dirty job--where crooks and sellouts to Rome committed legal robbery. They were despised by almost everyone, except Jesus. He saw their potential.
Like Zaccheus, who had a change of heart, promising to restore more than he took. Or Matthew, possibly an honest man working in the midst of a den of thieves. We aren't given Matthew's background story.
But we do know he was spotted by Christ, Who asked him to come, and Matthew obeyed--immediately leaving everything he had known for an unknown destiny following an itinerate Preacher.
Just imagine the surprised reactions when Jesus embraced a tax collector. Yet Matthew's education, reverence and obvious skills of observation are evident from the Book he authored.
But note: most people wouldn't go beyond the hurdle of his past occupation.
Therein, consider two need-to-know things:
1) We mustn't judge a person's potential by bad jobs, mistakes or dirty labels. Clearly, God doesn't, so neither should we.
2) Previous skill-sets, like Matthew's trained mind, can be used in a future post for God. He is a Recycler and wastes nothing.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.