Carey Lewis Devotions
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.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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