Monday, January 27, 2014

Would You Have Chosen Matthew?

And as Jesus passed forth from there, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the tax office; and he saith unto him, Follow me.
And he arose, and followed him. (Matthew 9:9)

Jesus Has Supper with Matthew by James Tissot
Jesus Has Supper with Matthew

Matthew was an unlikely convert. As a covetous tax collector, he betrayed Jewish ideals by working for the Romans, and he defrauded his countrymen by overcharging them on their taxes.
He was undoubtedly hardened and cynical in his dealings with everyone.
But Jesus changed him.

Jesus specializes in unlikely converts, so we should never give up on those He places on our hearts. He loves to bring people to himself whom we'd never expect.

When Robert Moffat arrived in South Africa, he heard horrifying stories about a notorious outlaw named Jager Afrikaner. Hearing a rumor that Afrikaner was interested in Christ, Moffat determined to contact him, though authorities warned Moffat that the outlaw would "make a drinking cup out of your skull." But the power of Jesus Christ transformed Afrikaner's heart, and the news of his conversion opened doors for Moffat throughout South Africa and paved the way for the Gospel.

Don't give up on hard cases. Keep praying and trust the power of the Cross.

I hope in God, I pray on, and look yet for the answer.
They are not converted yet, but they will be.
(By George Muller)

And it came to pass, as Jesus sat eating in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples,
Why eateth your Master with tax collectors and sinners?
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them,
They that are well need not a physician, but they that are sick.
(Matthew 9:10-12)

Again I ask, Would You Have Chosen Matthew?

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