Read: Mark 2:13-14
As [Jesus] passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. (v. 14)
In Jesus’ day nobody liked tax collectors. They were untrustworthy. They lied about what people owed the government in taxes. They lined their own pockets with the excess cash they were able to swindle from people.
Such was the case for Matthew. Originally his name was Levi. Jewish by birth, he had sold his soul to King Herod’s government. He knew the potential such a move would make for his life. It would make him rich and ensure a life of comfort for him.
But there was little comfort for him in his soul. He was hated and rejected. No one wanted him—except Jesus. Jesus had an uncanny way of looking into a person’s soul and seeing them at their best. When Jesus looked at Matthew he did not see a crooked and deceitful man, but a man who needed forgiveness and a new start. And what a new start it was for him—not only as a disciple but as one who had the talents to write a Gospel through which millions have believed in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Jesus approaches each of us in the same way. He sees the best in you and says, “I want you! I can use a person like you. Follow me!” —John Koedyker
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for calling us, like Matthew, to follow you. Amen.