A New Allegiance
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
It’s cool to me that Matthew got up from his tax collector’s booth, got up from the livelihood and the source of his income in order to follow Jesus. What a great testament of faith.
So even though Matthew decided to change who he was, when He invited Jesus over to dinner, who else did Matthew invite but his old buddies? Tax collectors and sinners. During this dinner, Matthew showed both Jesus who he was as well as his friends who he had become. He celebrated his new relationship with Christ with people who had known him and loved him before, officially announcing his new allegiance.
Sometimes the hardest people to convince that you have changed are the people you’ve known the longest. Maybe you should invite them over to dinner and introduce them to Jesus.