“After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:27-32)
These verses share the story of how Levi (also known as Matthew) became one of Jesus’ disciples. It is a great reminder that Jesus calls everyone to follow Him. Tax collectors in that time were looked upon as the lowest people because they were considered “sellouts” to the Romans and were greedy and stole from fellow Jews.
Matthew was one such tax collector. However, when he encountered Jesus, his life changed. He began to follow Him and became one of Jesus’ disciples. Not only that, he invited all his friends to hear Jesus teach. He wanted others to follow Jesus too. Matthew would later go on to write one of the four Gospels.
This encounter is a great reminder that Jesus loves us no matter where we are. He wants us to follow Him. He gives us the same opportunity. Let us take that opportunity and let us share the good news with others.