Today’s Scripture: And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi made a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. LukeĀ 5:27-29

Levi-the name itself means gift from God. Levites were to collect the offering that was to be given to the Lord. But this particular Levite decided to seek his own personal gain rather than God’s. Going against everything he had ever been taught, Matthew became a traitorous thief who helped the oppressive Roman government heavily tax his own people-keeping some of the profit for himself.

But God came to the rescue and changed him from being a taker to a giver. The morning Matthew met the Lord, he probably woke up thinking it would be just like any other day. On the contrary, it was that day that changed the direction of his life. Matthew then gathered his friends to hear Jesus speak about the grace he had just experienced for himself.

How many of us would believe the Lord could do great things with a man like that? Often we feel as though we are not able to do anything great for God because of the things we struggle with or because of what is locked away in our past.

You might have a past filled with choices you regret. Maybe you feel as though you don’t have a single talent to offer the Lord. If God can use Matthew, God can use you. Become a seeker of God every single day, and you will be amazed at what he can do with the broken pieces of your life. The Lord can piece any shattered life into a master piece. If God can take a tax-collecting traitor and use him to write the first gospel, friend, he can use you, too.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.