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Evangelism: Week 2 - Devotion 3

“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples.” - Matthew 9:10

Matthew is so normal. Matthew was a tax collector whom Jesus called to be one of His disciples. And so Matthew left his post and followed Jesus. But what is amazing is that he didn’t totally bail on the people in his life. He did turn from the things of his old life, but not the people. And scripture tells us that one of the first things that Matthew did after he began following Jesus was to throw a big party for his new “Christian” friends and his old “worldly” friends. Isn’t that crazy?

Check out the story for yourself. Read Matthew 9:9-13.

Sharing our faith doesn't have to be that hard. We often compartmentalize our life and our faith. Our faith is what we do on Sundays and Wednesdays, and the rest of the time we live our life. What is so amazing about Matthew is that he was just Matthew. His Christian life and his everyday life were totally intertwined. And because of it, Jesus had the opportunity to care for the people who needed Him the most.

 

Think about this:

1.    Is your life currently divided between your church life and "real" life? If so, there is some hard work in store to live a more integrated life. What are some things you can do to be the same person in all the different areas of your life?

2.     Would it be fun or awful to imagine a context where your “Christian” friends were in close enough proximity to your “worldly” friends to that your friends who don’t know Jesus yet would get a positive picture of what that looked like by you and your “Christian” friends?

3.     Jesus loves your non-Christian friends. He oozes with mercy and grace. Matthew understood this and so put the people in his life who were closest to him in proximity to Jesus. What is a practical way you can get your non-Christian friends in proximity to Jesus and His people?

Emily Traylor