Each of us is one of God’s works in progress. God trusts us with skills and abilities, along with the capability to serve Him. Matthew couldn’t have known that God would use his skills as a tax collector to record the greatest story ever lived. God has a meaningful purpose for each of us too.
When I became a Christian, I was not working, as I was recovering from a breakdown. I have, however, always enjoyed writing and had begun keeping a journal to record my feelings, on the advice of my counsellor. Several years later, I used these jottings as the basis of my blog, which I only started two years ago when I was furloughed from my job. I believe that my gift from the Lord is my way with words and this is my thanks to Him, my way of using His gift to me.
Matthew, a Jew, was appointed by the Romans to be the area’s tax collector, collecting taxes from citizens, as well as merchants travelling through the town. Tax collectors were expected to take a commission on the taxes they collected. Most of them over-charged, in order to benefit themselves. The Jews despised them because of their reputation.