Matthew

The Sinners- The Called

Matthew 9: 9-13

” The Sinners” sounds like s a really sketchy movie or novel doesn’t it?? I mean, I would watch it. It sounds super scandalous and full on captivating.  Lo,this post is not about any of that. ::Snaps Fingers:: “DARN!” BUT it is about something even more amazing involving someone  who is full on captivating and not in the least bit sketchy.

While reading today, Matthew 9:9-13 came up. To give you a quick synopsis Jesus is walking and sees Matthew, a tax collector, and simply tells him to “follow me and be my my disciple.” Just as easily as Jesus said it,  Matthew did it.

This passage is so significant because Matthew was a tax collector which was  a profession looked down upon. From what I researched, being a tax collector was a job with no income. They made their money stealing from and cheating those they collected from. Matthew’s job was honor-less making him dishonorable thus making him a sinner…but God still chose him. Better yet, God called him.

The passage continues with Matthew inviting Jesus and his other disciples to his home for dinner with other known tax collectors. The town pharisees (defined below- my favorite: a self-righteous hypocrite- Ouch! Have you been pharisee-ish lately? Think about. I know I have displayed some tendencies.) began to talk and ask “why does your teacher eat with scum?” Like a BOSS Jesus sets the record straight as to why he does what he does. He did not have to offer ANY explanation but in true teacher style, he does.

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“Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’[a] For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

I feel like this scripture is loaded!! When I read this SO much jumped out at me that is was hard to narrow down my focus. This is what I decided to go with…

Simply put…God calls, chooses, uses, wants the SINNERS no matter what others think or say about you. No matter what you have done. You are a sinner CALLED to a purpose in Him! Once in him you are made new with a new identity of called, sins erased.

No matter who talks about you or tries to discredit you know that GOD himself has called you to his purpose. God wants those of us who are broken, unclean, unrighteous, and unworthy so he can take us make us new and use us for His glory. Think about how amazing your own testimony is when you became saved and decided to follow Jesus.

Hopefully someone in need will read this. If you haven’t heard before and if you are unsure of this one thing let me make this clear to you. There is NOTHING you have done that God has not forgiven and there is NOTHING you have done that disqualifies from being used by God. God wants the imperfect so we can be made perfect in him and he get the glory. That lives are won to him through our testimonies of what a marvelous work he has done in and through us. All the people in the bible God used were imperfect sinners but were perfection to God. So are you. Please do not let the words of others who don’t know your whole story discredit your call or your God.

 

Ashley

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