No one likes paying taxes. People like it even less when they are forced to give it to someone that takes more than is required. Our next disciple, Matthew, was the very person that no one liked. The tax collector. Jesus knew that this man was a cheater and a liar and yet still called him to be a disciple. Jesus knew what it felt like to be an outcast. He knew the hurt that Matthew felt when his own people wouldn’t accept him. Because of this connection between Jesus and Matthew, Matthew felt comfortable inviting Jesus to hang out and eat with other tax collectors and outcasts. Matthew left his job and became a witness to those who he used to be associated with.
We often think once a sinner always a sinner but that is not how God sees it. Once he has forgiven someone of their sins God removes that sin from His mind. In Psalm 103:12 it says, “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” God knows when someone’s heart has truly changed. God knew that Matthew’s heart had changed and that he would be a faithful follower of Him. But Matthew was more than just a disciple of Jesus. He was a witness to those around him. Just because He was a changed person doesn’t mean he stopped being nice to those he knew. He continued being a friend to others and by doing so he was able to show them just what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. A friend to all.
There are so many ways that you can be a witness. You can be a witness through your words and actions. Sometimes the best way to be a witness for Jesus is to simply be friendly to someone. God can use you in any situation if you open up your heart to Him. So if you ever feel that you are not worthy enough to be a witness remember Matthew the tax collector, who became a witness for Jesus.