You’re the Exact Sinner Jesus Was Looking For

Ever wonder why ‘you’ matter to God? Why is it that you… broken… damaged… and flawed matter to a God who could choose to work through SO many other, more qualified and exceptional people?

Because they aren’t ‘you’.

In my message on Sunday I used a passage found in Matthew 9 about the calling on Matthew and how it was only 26 verses later that Jesus sent him out to do ministry (that’s a pretty short probation period!!!!).

Kerry and I were talking in between the services and she shared how God revealed to her just how important “Matthew” was for Jesus to reach others. It says…

 “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.” (Matthew 9:9-10 NIV)

Why did Matthew make sure to point out that there were many sinners AND tax collectors at dinner with Jesus? Because HE himself was a tax collector. The reason that Jesus had the opportunity to reach those people is because Matthew himself was a tax collector and was able to reach out to people like him.

Sometimes you may wonder why you are the way that you are. You may think that you may not matter in the ‘big picture’… but you have absolutely no idea how incredibly valuable you are to what Jesus wants to accomplish. There are SO many unique people that He wants to reach out to… and has chosen YOU to be that person to bring them to Jesus; that as you sit around with people just like yourself, they can meet Jesus.

Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to keep looking at this whole idea of being a ‘disciple’ (follower) of Jesus. Just know today that YOU matter huge in the work that He continues to do.

At least that’s how I see it,

 

Craig

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2 thoughts on “You’re the Exact Sinner Jesus Was Looking For

  1. I never thought of it like that before, I guess I was too busy. trying to be perfect. (not that I think I am) , it really bugs me knowing I keep making mistakes.
    good insight, and it makes sense.

    His love is so AMAZING!

  2. I think it was fitting that was the place you chose to speak about. Saturday night before this sermon Jackie ** my oldest daughter, wanted to go see Son of God at the Theatre. My mom, Jackie, her boyfriend Catlin and Christina Taylor and myself went to the Theatre to see the film. They showed how he approached the Tax Collector and took him right from the table in the film. Just wanted to share that tidbit of knowledge.

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