Thursday, October 27th, 2016
Suffering (Part 31)
As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, 'Follow Me.'
Matthew 9:9 (NKJV)
And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him. And Levi [Matthew] gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, 'Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?' And Jesus answered and said to them, 'It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.'
Luke 5:28-31 (NASB)
Matthew was a wealthy tax collector. His closest friends were tax collectors, too. They traded the perks of prosperity for the well-being of their fellow Jews. By result, their countrymen hated them. Because tax men were collaborators, helping Rome and taking bribes for themselves.
Perhaps Matthew was an honest tax man, or maybe his heart was seeking the Lord. Either way, he abandoned his posh job. 'He left behind the source of his riches; he left his position of security and comfort--for traveling, hardship and eventual martyrdom; he left his old life for a new life with Jesus.' *
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In worldly terms, Matthew lost his job. Because following a new Preacher, while earning no personal income, was a sure sign of unemployment.
But now looking back with long-range sight, Christians worldwide can easily see: Matthew found the best job of his life, although it was unconventional.
Your jobs are unconventional, too, and your income may be sporadic. In fact, most performers subsidize their calling with outside employment--much like missionaries who self-fund.
So don't accept the word, unemployed, said by some who don't get your mission. When you're doing what God said to do, you're working to please the better Boss. He alone can insure your future. His paycheck alone never falls short. His perks alone are out of this world.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Who was Matthew in the Bible? https://gotquestions.org/Matthew-in-the-Bible.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.