God calls you where you are.
For the Apostle Matthew, he was a publican (a tax collector).
What emotions come up when you think of an IRS agent?
What about tax season?
“Unfortunately, you owe X dollars this year?”
Now, imagine if God publicly called a person to be in his inner circle of twelve??
A man whose job it was to take your hard-earned money and collect it for a corrupt government.
It might stir up resentment, confusion, or dismay to mention a few of a thousand emotions that would likely be going through your mind.
But God’s ways are often mysterious and it may take time before we realize the plan He has for others and ourselves.
I can’t even begin to fully understand what some of Jesus’ early followers thought when he died and later named Matthew to be an apostle.
An unworthy tax collector. Money-hungry, an agent of the Roman Empire. That’s who Jesus called to follow him 2000 years ago.
Now, the name Matthew translates as “Gift from God”. His conversion is certainly a blessing along with his account of Jesus’ life in his Gospel.
No matter where you’re at in life, God will meet you.
You just have to be open to His call. 🙏
P.S. How has God worked in your life in an unexpected and merciful way?
P.P.S. Here’s a Holy Haiku I created inspired by the witness of the evangelist-apostle.