Scripture: Matthew 9:9-10 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. Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.
Devotional: Matthew was a tax collector which means, to put it lightly, he was not well-liked by anyone. He was probably a cheater, a traitor, and an extortionist. But Jesus, much to the chagrin of others, invited Matthew to follow Him and to be his disciple. And one of the first things Matthew does as a follower of Jesus is throw a party, inviting all his other not-so-reputable friends. He wants them to meet Jesus and feel the love Jesus’s heart.
Matthew was included by Jesus, and in turn, he wanted to include others. Through Matthew, Jesus showed clearly that the Kingdom of God is inclusive.
- What’s the first thing you did when you became a believer? Are there any people you excluded based upon their lifestyle or reputation?
- How can you be like Matthew and invite them to meet Jesus? There are no categories of people, there is just people. Pray and ask God to help your heart stay soft for all people.