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A Daily Devotion for Monday, Feb.8

Updated: Feb 10, 2021


Matthew 9:9-13


verse 13b: “For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


Jesus chose Matthew and his friends. He shared a meal and fellowship with them. Matthew became a disciple. Could Jesus have chose others to spend time with?

I love the idea of looking at this passage as an example of healing. Matthew was a tax collector, thought of as evil. Jesus uses his relationships to illustrate a bigger picture. No matter what we have done, or who we are, Jesus wants us. Even when I fail over and over to be “good” or “worthy”, God makes it clear he wants me to follow him. Not a new idea, but a vitally important one. I am healed.


Father God, you are the healer of everything. You have chosen us to follow you on earth and for eternity. Amen


Becky, transforming


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Barbara
Barbara
Feb 08, 2021

Matthew 9: 9-13


10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.


After reading this verse I realize two things. 1Jesus welcomes everybody and everybody is loved, 2 and that his table is open to everyone, without judgement. Jesus is at home with sinners and outcast. No matter what a mess we may have made of our lives, regardless of who we are, Jesus does not condemn us. He welcomes us with the hospitality that is at the heart of God. I need to work on this message and not judge people and to always make people feel welcome. Jesus accepted people just the way they ar…


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Tom
Tom
Feb 08, 2021

Matthew 9:9 - “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.”


Matthew’s call is unlike any seen in the Old Testament. Those called in the OT would typically argue with God, offering various reasons why they could not possibly be the person whom God was seeking. Matthew “got up and followed him.” How much of God’s healing, physical, emotional, spiritual, have I sacrificed because of doubt, hesitation or just the selfish urge to do things my own way? When will I just get up and follow Him?


Prayer - Jesus, leader, healer; give me the faith and the…


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David
David
Feb 08, 2021

Matthew 9:9-13


Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? 12 On hearing this Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”


This is what we discussed when we were talking about the way young people view church goers. If we were perfect we wouldn’t need to read the bible or attend church. As works in progress, we should associate with others who are struggling as we are. We need the bible and church and if that makes us appear as hypocrites to the young then they are ignorant.


Dear Lord, give me the opportunity to educate non-believers to what they can find within the walls of a church and find by…

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Feb 08, 2021

Matthew 9:9-13

When Jesus called Matthew to be one of his disciples, Matthew got up and followed.No hesitation no questions. Matthew was a tax collector and was probably cheating the people so what did Jesus see in Matthew. He probably recognized some goodness, some unfulfilled hope, somebody ready for salvation. He also saw that Matthew was able to listen to him and to respond. As a tax collector, Matthew probably had a good amount of money. He probably had wealth, means, and some sense of power. Yet, he gave all that up to follow Jesus. How am I doing when it comes to following Jesus As Jesus looks at me, does he see my potential, my unworthiness.…

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