When Jesus invited Matthew to be His disciple
As He did, Jesus saw a booth where tax was collected. Tax collectors were very unpopular with the local people.
They worked for the Roman Government and often overcharged and cheated people out of money.
The Jewish people called the tax collectors sinners because they were thieves.
The person at the tax collection booth had two names. His Jewish name was Levi, and the Greek name Matthew.
Jesus asked Matthew to follow Him
Jesus went up to Matthew and said,
‘Follow me and be my disciple.’
Matthew immediately got up, left everything and followed Jesus.
Some people were annoyed because Jesus was friendly towards sinners
Later, Matthew held a banquet in his home. Jesus was his guest
Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them.
The Pharisees and the teachers of religious law came to see what was happening at the banquet.
They complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples,
‘Why do you eat and drink with such sinners?’
Jesus wanted them to show mercy and replied,
‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor but sick people do.
I have not come to save those who think they are right with God, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.’
Can you be a disciple of Jesus too?
When Matthew became a disciple of Jesus, he had to stop doing bad things like stealing. This is what it means to repent of sins.
Jesus had twelve disciples. They believed that He was the Son of God.
The disciples went everywhere with Jesus. The Lord taught them about God, Heaven and how to call other people to follow Him too.
Jesus still has disciples today. His disciples love Him and obey His Word. They also tell other people about Jesus.
You can also a disciple by believing that Jesus is the Son of God. Believe that He died to save you from your sins.
As His disciple, you must read His Word, pray and love God.
Most importantly, like Matthew, you must not practice bad things. This is because disciples have the Spirit of God who helps us to be good.
Jesus invited Matthew to be His disciple scriptures
9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”