Daily Devotion for January 24, 2017

'The Disciple Matthew'

Matthew 9:9-13 NAS
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.
Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

My Study Bible had some great commentary on this portion of Scripture...

First of all, it pointed out that “when Jesus called Matthew to be one of His disciples, Matthew got up and followed...leaving” behind a very lucrative career. When he left his tax-collecting booth, he guaranteed himself unemployment with nothing to fall back on—yet he didn't hesitate. Matthew got up and followed Jesus with complete abandon—there was no turning back...
(Lord Jesus, help us Believers get “up and follow” You like Matthew did—with no turning back!)

Next, the commentary noted that change “happened to Matthew when he decided to follow Jesus—Jesus gave Him new life. He not only belonged to a new group; he belonged to the son of God. He was not just accepting a different way of life; he was now an accepted person. For a despised tax collector, that change must have been wonderful!”
(Lord Jesus, help each of us Believers remember that we also have been given new life—we now belong to the body of Believers...and to YOU! May we gladly ACCEPT our new way of life—that of living for You—as we function and contribute in the body...

Furthermore, the commentary pointed out that “Jesus gave Matthew a new purpose for his skills when He followed Jesus:” his previous skills in record keeping and observation were put to use when Matthew became a record keeper for the Lord. Specifically, the skills the Lord had given Matthew prior to following—the Savior didn't waste those! He used them for His glory...
(Lord, help us each to consider what skills You have already given us—and how we can put them to use for You!)

Finally, the commentary noted that when Jesus visited Matthew's home, the Savior hurt His own reputation—because everyone knew Matthew was a sinner. That is, everyone could recognize Matthew's faults, yet sinless Jesus still went to him, called him, gave him new life, changed him...
(Lord Jesus—You hurt Your own reputation when You called me, as well—because I am a SINNER! Don't let me lose sight of that, Lord! Moreover, don't let me lose sight of the fact that You CAME for “those who are sick,” for “sinners,” and I am to follow Your example of “compassion” and reach out to others, right where they are at...)

Lord Jesus, thank You for the wonderful reminders found in this portion of Scripture. May we—Your People—1) “get up and follow” You like Matthew did, 2) may we be increasingly “changed” by our belonging to You, 3) may we use our skills for Your glory, and 4) may we remember that we forgiven sinners are to be reaching out...

We ask this in Your name, Lord...

AMEN!!!

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