Who?… Me?

Who?… Me?

Devotion: Who?… Me?
Matthew 9:9-13English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Calls Matthew

9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

10 And as Jesus[ reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

     We all know who Jesus was but do we every truly sit and realize who the disciples were. You see one amazing extraordinary thing about the disciples was they were ordinary people with an extraordinary task. We have often times heard it put “Jesus equips the unequipped”, my how true that statement truly is. You see Jesus didnt go out and pick the highest of the highs he picked people from everyday walks of life. On one occasion he went a step farther he picked someone who would have literally been hated among people. He picked a tax collector. The disciple we knew Matthew was a tax collector and more likely then not was hated by a big part of the population. I don’t know what you think but that doesn’t exactly make me think of a good person to pick for a job that will be spent trying to get people to Jesus. Good thing I didn’t pick cause Jesus saw that he would be the perfect fit. You see Jesus will not discriminate based on popularity, our pasts, or even our deepest darkest secrets. Everything is in the open to him and it don’t even matter cause once we ask him into our heart we are covered in the blood of Jesus and nothing could ever wipe it away. He doesn’t discriminate on anything or anyone cause he knows who we are in our hearts. It is so easy for us to listen to the devils lying ways. He has a whole list of tricks to use on us like “you aren’t good enough for that” or “you messed up last week how can you truly be saved” or “Jesus would never want you doing that cause he has better people for the job”. He is a master at his job and the more you try to do Gods work the more he will try to convince you that you aren’t good enough. Good thing my Jesus dont care about anything besides my heart cause when push comes to shove he will use me, you or anyone else as long as our hearts are for him. Nothing else matters!

 

Brandon Nuckles, Rosedale Baptist Church

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