Tuesday, 17 July 2012
6th July 2012 Matthew 9:9-13
The Calling of Matthew
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 and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”. On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
I love that Matthew was a changed man; he turned to Christ and his life was different. He inspires me and calls me on.
Jesus tells us that we need to be with those who need us; it's discerning who those people are that can be hard. Today we pray for clarity.