Jesus taught a large crowd at the lake near his home base of Capernaum. And then here’s what happened next:
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth.
“Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up, left everything and followed him.
(Matthew 9:9, Mark 2:13-14, Luke 5:27-28 NIV)
Jesus chose one of the most hated people in the whole town to be one of his disciples.
Tax collectors like Matthew were considered traitors and thieves. They took money from God’s peeps, gave it to the Romans and usually kept a healthy chunk for themselves. Not exactly the kind of a person you’d think Jesus would choose as a follower, let alone the author of the very first book in the New Testament.
But that’s exactly what Jesus did.
I love the simplicity of this scene, written in Matthew’s own words. Jesus says, “Follow me.” Matthew immediately gets up, leaves everything behind and does exactly that.
We should all do the same.
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