Daily Scripture Reading: Luke 5:27-28 KJV
Luke 5:27-28 (KJV) 27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
Today’s Devotional Is A CHANGED OCCUPATION
In the bustling city of Capernaum, the trade between the Orient and the Mediterranean brought wealth and opportunity to many. Levi, a publican or tax collector, was one such person who held a lucrative position at the custom-house. When Jesus called out to him, Levi left everything behind and followed Him. It’s possible that Levi had heard Jesus teach before, as He often visited the nearby Lake of Galilee.
After joining Jesus’ band of disciples, Levi was given a new name – Matthew – which means “a gift”. His Gospel has since become a treasured part of the Bible. To celebrate his new calling, Matthew hosted a grand feast for Jesus and invited other publicans and sinners, the outcasts of society, to meet Him. This feast marked the beginning of a new era in which Jesus sought to save the lost and bring them into His fold.
If Zacchaeus, another tax collector who climbed a tree to see Jesus, was at the feast, he may have been inspired to make amends for any wrongdoing he had done. It’s possible that he, like Matthew, found a new life and purpose in following Jesus.
Today, we can learn from Matthew’s example and seek out those who may feel excluded from our churches and communities. We may be surprised to find that some of the greatest gifts to our faith have come from unlikely places. Let us embrace all who seek to know Jesus and show them the love and acceptance He showed to Matthew and others.
PRAYER For Today
Dear God, guide us on our journey and help us to trust in Your wisdom and love. Let us follow Your will and be unafraid of any challenges we may face. We ask that You help us to welcome all who seek Your love and grace. Amen.