Calling All Sinners
Matthew 9:9-13 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?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus calls some messed up people. I don’t know a lot about fishermen, but there seems to be something fishy about them. And tax collectors – two words that are bad enough independently are infinitely worse when combined. Yet these are people that Jesus called, and in fact He explains why, “For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” So here’s what I think, if Jesus intentionally called some fishermen and a tax collector He was showing us an example of the extremes He will go to in calling His followers.
If He would personally ask a sweaty, smelly fisherman to follow Him, maybe He would even ask me.