Who are we more like: Matthew or the Pharisees? Are we more interested in bringing sinners to Christ, inviting others to meet Jesus or in judging them for their sins?
A church with a heart for the community brings people to Jesus. I am so proud of some of you. Almost every week you bring someone to church. Many of you are here because a friend cared enough to bring you.
Be like Matthew. Who do you know that needs the forgiveness and peace of Jesus Christ? Who do you know that needs the warmth, acceptance and love of a church family? Who can you bring to Christ?
Even if they do not come at first, keep on inviting! Here is what I find interesting about this account in Matthew 9. Note that there is no excuse, no argument from Matthew. He simply “arose and followed Him.” The paperwork stayed on his desk. The computer was not turned off. His coffee went cold in his cup. Matthew did not take a poll to see if he should believe in or follow this man named Jesus.
In a parallel account, Luke 5:28 says, “So he LEFT ALL, rose up, and followed Him.” WOW! There is nothing like a life that has been transformed by the power of the gospel message.
Someone has aptly written, “to know God is to be transformed, and thus, to be introduced to a life that could not otherwise be experienced.” Help others see Jesus by the transformation that has taken place in your life!