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Lessons to Learn From the Life of Matthew.

Matthew's life, steeped in profound transformation and dedication, is a treasure trove of insights for those seeking to deepen their faith and understanding of God's work in our lives. An apostle with a narrative that resonates deeply with followers of Christ, Matthew's story is one of redemption, calling, and mission. Below, we explore some salient lessons from Matthew that can illuminate our spiritual journeys.

From Tax Collector to Disciple

Matthew, also known as Levi, was a tax collector by profession—a role notoriously associated with greed and corruption during Biblical times. Tax collectors were often ostracized from society and labeled sinners for their collaboration with the Roman Empire and their frequent exploitation of fellow Jews.

Lesson: God Calls the Unlikely

Despite his reputation, Jesus called Matthew to follow Him (Matthew 9:9). This reminds us that God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called. It's an invitation to trust that we have a place in God's plans regardless of our past or society's views.

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27, NKJV)

The Feast at Matthew's House

After heeding Jesus' call, Matthew hosted a feast at his house where tax collectors and sinners sat down with Jesus and His disciples (Matthew 9:10). This caused quite a stir among the Pharisees, who held strict religious segregation.

Lesson: Jesus Invites Everyone to His Table

Jesus' willingness to dine with "the least of these" teaches us about inclusivity and grace. It challenges us to extend fellowship to those considered outcasts and reassures us that we are all welcome at Jesus' table, irrespective of our background.

Author of the Gospel of Matthew

Traditionally regarded as the author of the first Gospel, Matthew presents a thorough account of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, emphasizing Jesus as the Messiah.

Lesson: Everyone Has a Story to Share

Matthew used his literacy skills and personal experience with Christ to document His teachings. It empowers us to utilize our unique talents and testimonies to witness to others. Whether through writing, art, or conversation, we all have a story that can lead others closer to God.

"And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'" (Mark 16:15, NKJV)

Message of Forgiveness and Restoration

Matthew's Gospel has a recurring theme of forgiveness and restoration—a reflection of his personal encounter with Jesus' mercy.

Lesson: Practice Forgiveness, Reap Restoration

Matthew's writing illustrates that no one is beyond redemption. We can find the courage to seek God's forgiveness and encourage others to do the same, knowing that restoration follows true repentance. Practicing forgiveness in our lives allows for restored relationships and inner peace.

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." (Matthew 6:14, NKJV)


The life of Matthew is a testament to God's boundless love and ability to transform hearts. His story urges us to:

  • Trust in God's timing and selection process, knowing He sees beyond our imperfections.

  • Extend kindness and acceptance to all, just as Jesus did.

  • Use our unique gifts to spread the Good News.

  • Pursue forgiveness and restoration, both with God and in our relationships.

Matthew's life encourages us to meet the world with a heart full of grace and eyes eager to see God in every encounter. As we ponder these lessons, may we feel inspired to walk in Matthew's footsteps, leaving traces of faith, hope, and love wherever we go.

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear." (1 Peter 3:15, NKJV)

So, let us go forth boldly, sharing our stories of redemption and forgiveness and spreading God's love to a world in desperate need. For with God, all things are possible, and His mercy is never-ending.

As we strive to apply these Biblical principles in our everyday lives, let us remember that "it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8). Let us live in the light of this truth and share it with those around us.

So, let us continue to be a beacon of hope and love as we strive to follow in the footsteps of Matthew and all the faithful before us. May our lives reflect the goodness and mercy of our Heavenly Father as we seek to spread His love and grace.

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