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.
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.