No matter our backgrounds, the moment one meets the Lord Jesus and embraces Him as their Lord and Savior, everything changes. All of our previous exposures begin to gradually, some immediately, melt into a revamped thinking. It happens because we read the Scriptures and consider the approaches God used and subsequently the Lord Jesus.
From the outset of Jesus visit to our earth, we see the uniqueness of His personage. His birth, from a Virgin! His recognition by the wise men! His protection from Herod and time spent in Egypt! His encounter with the teachers in the Temple at 12 years of age! His obscurity until approximately 30 years of age! All of these that were recorded, along with many others, with my leaving out the details!
Then His ministry, which took on dimensions that could not be understood by the majority of people because they had already formed their conclusions about who the Messiah would be and how He would affect them! Their minds were solidified through the erroneous teaching of their superiors.
So it was that when He saw a tax collector, named Matthew, in his booth and said: “Follow Me.” (Luke 5:27) Matthew did not debate that order, but “Left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.” (Any person who has heard that call of Jesus should be ready to FOLLOW HIM!)
Obviously Matthew experienced an immediate transformation; he had a great reception in his house, and a large number of tax collectors and others were present. (He invited his friends and colleagues.)
To be sure, the Pharisees and their scribes began to grumble. “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” (That would have included me!)
Of course, Our Savior had an answer for them: “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Both groups are addressed and it would not be exactly politically correct today… The “righteous” Pharisees and the “sinning Tax-collectors).
Matthew was for real. He did all of this to share his new-found Savior. He confronted his friends. He went on to follow the Savior as one of the twelve and he left us the Gospel of Matthew!
When you hear His call: FOLLOW HIM!