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HATE YOUR JOB? (10 of 12)

Meet Jesus

Matthew 9:9-13

I was reading an article about job dissatisfaction in

Health and Fitness Magazine this week.  The article

estimated that 20 million people in America are

staying jobs they find dissatisfying. They gave a

number of signs for job dissatisfaction. They gave

some mental signs—poor concentration, boredom, and

general negative attitude.  Some emotional signs of

job dissatisfaction—distress, depression,

irritability, feelings of being helpless, lonely. 

Some physical signs of job dissatisfaction—restless

sleep or insomnia, weight gain or loss, tightness in

the jaw, shoulders, and neck.

Then they gave some direction of how to overcome job

dissatisfaction. 1). Find meaning and value in your

work. 2). Concentrate on working to your full

potential.  3). Give yourself what you don't get from

others. Acknowledge your achievements. Praise. Reward

yourself for a job well done—maybe a good banana

split. 4). Don't take what others say and do

personally. 5). Think before you act and don't act out

of haste. 6). Listen to your body and emotions. 7).

Take needed breaks and vacations. 8). If necessary, be

willing to change jobs or careers.

We are going to study about a man today who may very

well have hated his job. I'm referring to a man named

Matthew.  Matthew is indeed a man who could very well

have hated his job and when he meets the Lord Jesus

Christ, he finds the solution to his problem.

We are fairly familiar with this man Matthew. We know

that he is the author of the first book of the New

Testament—the book we are reading from this morning.

We also know that Matthew is one of the twelve

disciples. In fact, when you read in the 10th chapter

where we are given a list of the disciples, you will

notice that he refers to himself in verse 3 as

Matthew, the publican.

Sometimes when you think about those twelve disciples

that Jesus Christ called around Him, it is indeed

amazing. You will hardly find amore motley crew than

the twelve people Jesus chose to follow Him and Old

Testament be a part of His ministry. It just reminds

me how God takes a lot of broken people and a lot of

imperfect people and puts them together to do the work

of the Lord.

Here is a man named Matthew and he meets the Lord

Jesus Christ and his life is never again the same.

Most of the other gospel writers refer to him as Levi.

But in his own book, he refers to himself as Matthew

the publican. I want us to study about Matthew this

morning because I think there is some help to those of

you who may have problems with your job or you may

hate your job.

I want to call you attention, first of all, to—

I. Matthew's CORRUPTION.

When we begin to read the story of Matthew, we find

that here is a man who has corrupted himself. He is

giving us his personal testimony here. In these brief

verses I think Matthew has written down for us his

testimony about how he came to Jesus—how he came to


Do you have a personal testimony? Are you able, in a

brief few sentences, to write down your testimony? I

can almost imagine, as so modestly Matthew has written

his testimony, that he lays his hand down for a moment

and sheds a few tears as he reflects upon what he had

been and what Jesus Christ made out of him.

When the story opens we are told that Matthew is

sitting at the receipt of custom. That is, he is

sitting at the tollbooth. He I a publican, which means

he is a collector of taxes. He is evidently a quite

wealthy individual. Tax collecting in those days, as

we shall see in a moment, was a very lucrative

occupation—a very lucrative career.

Here is a man who is in a career which has brought

some corruption. He is in a disgraceful business, if

the truth of the matter be known. His name, Levi,

which was his first name, is a reference to the fact

that he was in the tribe of Levi which means that he

was intended to become a priest. I can imagine how his

parents would have been very hopeful about him and I

can imagine how he was trained for the priesthood

toward which he was moving.  As a child he would be

taught the Old Testament Scriptures.  We have evidence

of this as you read this gospel—the gospel of Matthew.

You will find over and over again that he uses the

word, fulfill, talking about Old Testament Scriptures

being fulfilled. He makes about 129 quotations and

illusions to the Old Testament. He quotes from every

major section of the Old Testament. He quotes from 25

out of the 39 books of the Old Testament. He was

trained in the Scriptures. This man knew what the

Bible had to say. He was intended to become a

spiritual leader among the people of God. Priest, in

that day, were not to own any property because they

were taught that their treasures were laid up for them

in heaven. That was what his occupation—his career was

intended to be. But somewhere along the way, this man

Matthew took a different turn.

There may be some of you battling with the same thing.

You may have a child and they have gone in a far

different way than you ever thought them to go. Some

of you have heavy hearts because you may have a son or

a daughter who though they may not be in a corrupt

career or occupation, it is far beyond and far outside

the realm of what you had intended them to be.

Somewhere along the way, Matthew made a decision that

he would go in a different direction in his life.

Money was going to be a factor in his life. Silver and

gold have sticky fingers. They have a way of getting

hold of a person.

I can almost imagine what Matthew must have thought to

himself. Listen to him as maybe he is thinking inside

his heart. "I know I was intended to be a priest, but

I've decided I'm going in a different direction. We

are in a new generation today. My mom and dad are in

the old generation. They are tied to the synagogue and

those kinds of things. I'm in a different generation.

We have different values. We have different goals. My

mom and dad are out of date. I believe in God, but I

don't think God ought to get in the way of my life.

I'm moving in a different direction."

He is in a distasteful career. He is also in a

disgraceful occupation. When the Bible says that

Matthew was a publican, it means that he was a tax

collector. But it is quite different from what we

would call a tax collector today. It is a totally

different picture in the New Testament. When it said a

person was a tax collector in those days it mean that

they were working for the Roman Empire. The Roman

Empire was in charge. They had control over the land

of Palestine at that particular time. So, they hired

people to collect the taxes and they farmed out

certain areas. Evidently they had different levels of

tax collection.

We are told in Luke that Zaccheus was chief publican—a

chief tax collector. Now, here is Matthew, a tax

collector and he has a tollbooth—a tax booth—in

Capernaum where he lives.  So, the Roman Empire set

certain quotas that had to come from that particular

area and then the tax collector could charge anything

he wanted and anything he got over the quota was his

to keep. So there was a great deal of extortion. There

was a great deal of corruption. There was a great deal

of gouging that went on.

So here is a man who working for a foreign government. 

It is similar to an American fighting with the Taliban

or al Quaida. This man, Matthew, is considered a

traitor and he was. He is in a disgraceful occupation.

Not only that, but he is in an occupation where he is

obviously stealing from people and he is lining his

pockets at the expense of widows and unbelievable

pressures upon those people who had to pay the taxes.

He was undoubtedly not only a traitor to his land, but

he was also a thief.

Here's a man who was a publican. It's interesting to

notice the things that the word, publican, are tied to

in the New Testament. We have references to publicans

and sinners. You notice that in verse 10. Then we have

statements like publicans and heathens.  Publicans and

harlots. They were the worst of the worst. The Jews

looked down on them and they were a disgrace in the

eyes of the Jewish people. That was Matthew. That was

his corruption. That's the crowd that Matthew ran

with--the harlots and the heathen and the sinners. It

was the kind of people that no Jew wanted to be

anywhere around.

But did you know it's the very kind of people that

Jesus was interested in. You study the life of our

Lord and the ministry of our Lord and you will find

that Jesus Christ took a lot of interest in people

like that. You wonder today who Jesus would be

interested in. I can imagine the crowd that Matthew

ran with. There were the harlots, the drunks, the drug

addicts, and the corrupt businessmen. Think about

today. If you had seen Matthew's crowd today, that's

who you would see—the dishonest businessmen, the drug

pushers, the bartenders, the prostitutes. That's the

very people that Jesus Christ was interested in.

You can almost imagine Matthew, can't you? I think, on

the outside, he put on a pretty good front. I think on

the outside he splashed his money around and made fun

of religious people who showed up at the synagogue

every Sunday.  "That bunch of hypocrites over there."

That's probably what he did on the outside, but don't

you think on the inside that the words of the Jews cut

him in his heart and pained him to the bone. Don't you

think that the pain he caused his mother and daddy

surely hurt him?  His corruption.


We know that he was a tax collector in Capernaum by

the context of the Scriptures here. It was a fishing

town up on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee.

We also know that it is the place where Jesus and His

mother moved when He inaugurated His public ministry.

We can almost imagine that on this day that we are

told about in verse 9, when Jesus passed by, that

Matthew is sitting there at that tollbooth. I'm

personally confident that he had met Jesus before. I

have the idea that Jesus and Matthew had encountered

one another before—maybe when Jesus moved to town.

Maybe when Jesus would go in and out conducting His

ministry.  He had to pass through this tollgate of


On a day, we are told in verse 9, that Jesus passed by

that way and He saw this man named Matthew and he was

sitting at the tollbooth, at the receipt of customs. I

can almost imagine how Jesus dealt with Matthew. Jesus

was so real. Jesus Christ was so kind. Jesus Christ

was so gentle in Hi dealings with people. One of the

things you will notice is—sinners never felt uneasy in

the presence of Jesus. By the way, you and I can tell

how much like Christ we are by the way sinners respond

to us.

Here Jesus is and He issues a call.  Look at verse 9.

"Jesus saith unto him, Follow me."  There it is. Two

words. He didn't say, let me take you through the

Roman Road. He didn't say, let me share with you God's

plan for a happy life. He didn't use any of the

methods we use today. Just two words—follow me.

It is the same thing Jesus said to Peter, James, John,

and Andrew when they were fishing. The Lord Jesus

Christ came by them and said, "Follow me."  Just two

words. That's all Jesus used.

Those are the same words Jesus Christ extends to you

and to me when He calls us unto Himself in salvation.

Turn to Matthew 16. I want you to see what the Lord

says about His call to you and to me. This is the call

of Christ today. Same call. It hasn't changed since

the day He called Matthew. In verse 24, Jesus says,

"Then Jesus said unto his disciples, if any man will

come after me, let him deny himself, take up his

cross, and follow me." There is a negative and a

positive there. Jesus says if you want to follow me,

first of all, there is a negative. When Jesus called

Peter and Andrew, who were fishing by the sea, he

said, "Follow me."  The Bible says they forsook their

nets. There is always a negative. You always have to

turn FROM something to turn to Jesus Christ.

Repentance means an about face. When you repent it

means you turn from your sinful lifestyle and you turn

TO the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said something else about that. Turn over to the

19th chapter. Simon Peter asked a question in that 19th

chapter. In the 27th verse here's his question. Simon

Peter asked the Lord—Lord, we've forsaken all and

followed thee. What shall we have, therefore? What

does the future bring? He understands the negative of


You will notice as Jesus begins to unfold the answer

down in verse 29, "Everyone that hath forsaken houses

or brothers or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife,

or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall

receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting


Christ is saying when you follow me, yes, you must

turn from your sins. But when you turn toward me,

ultimately it ends in everlasting life.

Jesus says this morning—you want to go to heaven?

Follow me. You want to go to glory? Follow me. You

want to have a happy meaningful life? Follow me.

So Jesus stands there and looks at Matthew and He says

to him, Follow me. I think what his reaction could

have been. There he sits at that table, all that money

around him. He could have said—I need to think this

over. This is too quick. I can't make this decision

too soon. Or he might have said—I don't really feel

the way I ought to feel today. I don't have goose

bumps running up and down my back. I'm going to wait

until I get a feeling.

Some of you are sitting here today and you know you

are lost. You know you are going to hell if you die.

You know you need Jesus. You know you need to be

saved. You want to go to heaven. But you don't have

the feeling, yet.  Ladies and Gentlemen, could I share

with you, after all of these years of Bible study,

there's not one verse in the Bible that says you have

to feel a certain way in order to follow the Lord

Jesus Christ.

Matthew could have said—what about my finances?  What

about this tax business?  What about this lucrative

career?  He didn't mention any of those things. Jesus

said—follow me—and notice what the Bible says back in

Matthew 9:9, "He arose and followed him."

That's what salvation is. That's what conversion is

all about. When you turn from your sins and by faith

follow the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the

Scriptures, you are converted. You become a brand new

child of God.

By the way, Matthew was his new name. Levi was his old

name. Matthew means gift of God. Jesus gives you a

brand new name when you get saved.  Simon came to the

Lord and Simon means shifting sand. Yet, Jesus said

your name is Simon. I'm going to give you a new name,

Simon Peter, which means a rock. Jesus gives you a

brand new name because He is going to make you what He

can make you by His power and by His grace.

Isn't it wonderful to think that when we get saved,

there's a new name written down in heaven, and it's

mine, and it's mine and it's mine. You're saved.

That's his call part of his conversion. Now notice his

celebration. When people get saved there ought to be a

celebration. The happiest time of the service to me is

when people are saved. The happiest time of the

service is when I see people coming forward to receive

Christ as Savior. Salvation always brings a


The prodigal son arose from the hog pen in the far

country. He came back to the father's house and when

he did, the father said—kill the fatted calf. They had

a celebration. Salvation always is a celebration.

Notice what happened in verse 10. "It came to pass, as

Jesus sat at meat in the house."  Luke 5:29 makes it

very clear that Jesus is sitting at this meal in the

house of Matthew. The first thing that Matthew does,

after his salvation, after he receives the call and

accepts the call to follow the Lord Jesus Christ as

his Savior—he throws a party. "Let's have a party!

I've been saved!"  He invites Jesus and His disciples

and he invites all of his friends. "Behold many

publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and

His disciples."

Here comes that crowd. This is the crowd that Matthew

has been running with. In they walk. All of the major

sinners of Capernaum come walking into the banquet and

there sits Jesus. I can almost imagine. Everybody

looks around and says—my, what a crowd this is. This

is all he knew.

Today we have what they call "nonthreatening" events.

A "nonthreatening" event in church growth terminology

means it is something you have to invite sinners to

who you probably couldn't get to come to church. Do

you follow me? There are some folks that you are not

going to ever get them in here. Do you know why?

Because they think when they come in here, you'll are

going to beat them over the head with a family Bible.

They are uncomfortable with that. I don't know why it

took us so many years, right here it is in the Bible.

What we have here is a "nonthreatening" event.

We had a Wild Game Feast here a few Saturdays ago for

our men. It was a blast. It was really good. I don't

know much about wild game hunting and I sure don't

know much about eating wild game. There were some old

boys there who probably hadn't been to church in


I ran into a guy out in Oklahoma City named Rob

Pierce. Rob is 30 years old. Here's the deal. Rob

Pierce, at 30 years old, is the world champion calf

roper. He's a rodeo guy. He can rope a calf. He can

get off his horse and rope a calf in 7.2 seconds. When

I thought about I said, "Lord, I can't even get on a

horse in 7.2 seconds." There was a cowboy rodeo

evangelist in Oklahoma who got to witnessing to him.

This is a fabulous story. They were going to a rodeo

together and he thought the evangelist was going to

say something about the Lord and the evangelist never

would say anything. Finally he said I decided I would

just bring it up and he asked, "What's all this

religion business, all this Jesus salvation business?"

The evangelist just gave him a survey of the whole

Bible. The part that he really liked was about the

three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace and the

fourth man in the fire. He got to calling the Lord the

fourth man.

He was riding down the road in his big old truck one

day. He was listening to Kenny Rogers sing "The

Gambler" and got under conviction. This is a crazy

story, but it's true. You explain that biblically. I

don't know how that happened. He said the fourth man

moved into that cab with me. He ran off the road and

on the side of the road, Rob Pierce repented of his

sins and decided to follow Jesus Christ as his Savior.

One of the first things he did—he and his father had a

supper and a barbeque at their house and they invited

four hundred cowboy friends of theirs to come and they

all showed up. He said I wasn't going to take up a

collection—it cost $600. Before it was over they had

put money in my pocket and we came within $40 of

paying for it. He told all of his cowboy friends about

his new friend, the fourth man.

Don't you like that story?  Isn't that good?  That's

what Matthew is doing. He has a new friend. He has a

Savior. He wants his old buddies, his old sinner

friends to meet this new friend, the Lord Jesus

Christ. That's what he wants. He knows that he is

going to have a brand new life now. He knows that this

may be his only chance to tell them about the Lord

Jesus Christ.

Have you pitched a party yet? Have you told your

friends about Jesus yet?  When you get saved, if you

are not very careful, you get yourself so isolated

with saved people that you neglect those you used to

know who need Jesus Christ. Have you made some effort

to get them together and tell them about your new


He has a party and he invited all his old sinner

friends to hear Jesus.

There were folks sitting around who didn't like it.

It's always that way, isn't it?  In verse 11 it says,

"And when the Pharisees saw, they said why eateth your

master with publicans and sinners?" Those old pious,

hypocritical, religious crowd!  They were so self-

righteous. They were so hypocritical. There were so

good, they thought, that they couldn't get saved.

Jesus said one time, "The harlots and the publicans go

into heaven before you do." There are some folks too

good to get saved and they are criticizing Jesus.

This is the very crowd that Jesus Christ came into the

world to die for. Look at what Jesus said in verse 13.

"I'm not come to call the righteous, but sinners to

repentance."  It's not good folks Jesus came to save.

If Jesus came to save good folks, none of us would

ever get saved because we are all sinners who need a

Savior. We are all sinners who are on the way to hell

and we need Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

It was said about Jesus one time that He was the

Friend of publicans and sinners. In Luke 15, when

Jesus started telling this parable, the Bible says

that all the sinners drew near to hear Him. They

criticized and said this man receiveth sinners and

eateth with them.

I heard about a little girl who came home from church

one day and said, "Oh, Mama, did you know my name is

in the Bible?"  Her mother said, "Edith, your name

couldn't be in the Bible."  She said, "Oh, yes, it is,

mama. My teacher told me today that Jesus receives

sinners and eateth with them." Aren't you glad that He

does receive sinners and Bill with them, John with

them, Sam with them?

His corruption. His conversion.


This man now becomes a disciple of the Lord Jesus

Christ—a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. That means

that he now goes with Jesus on all of his trips. That

means that He follows Jesus as he conducts His public


I don't know this in the Bible, but it is reasonable

to me to think that maybe one day, as they were going

down to Jericho, maybe he said to Jesus, "Jesus, my

boss man, the chief publican, Zaccheus, lives down in

Jericho. He really does need you. I hope he'll get


You remember that Zaccheus was up in the tree and

Jesus called him down and said, "Let's go eat supper

together." Before the meal was over, Zaccheus got

saved. Jesus said, "This day is salvation come to this

house." Mathew became a witness. He heard the Great

Commission of the Lord. Tradition says he became a

missionary in Ethiopia and in Persia and Syria. He

became a witness for the Lord. That's the contribution

you can make. You can just tell people what Jesus has

done for you. You can be a witness.

There's something else when he followed Jesus. There's

something he brought with him from the old life. 

Matthew brought with him from his old life his pen and

his paper. Matthew was trained in writing,

bookkeeping, keeping precise records. As Jesus worked

His miracles, I can see Matthew as he is writing them

down. As Jesus sits to preach the Sermon on the Mount,

I can see Matthew as he is precisely writing it all

down.  With the result that what you and I have in our

Bibles is an accurate account from a skilled writer of

the ministry and life of our Lord.  Do you think the

day that Matthew got up from that table that he ever

dreamed that he would write a bestseller that would be

read by millions from his day until this day. That he

would write a book that would be loved—a book that

would be taught—a book that would be preached—a book

that would be read—a book that would be followed—all

through the ages of the history of the church.

He contributed not only as witness, but he contributed

his writing. What do you have to contribute? Coming to

Jesus Christ does not narrow the opportunity of your

skills; it enlarges the opportunity of your skills.

What do you have that you can bring to Jesus? A needle

like Dorcas? A physician's bag like Luke? A mind like


Maybe Jesus is not going to get you out of a job you

hate. Maybe Jesus is going to leave you in that job,

but He's going to lift that job to a higher level. It

may be that Jesus is going to let you stay there

selling cars to pay your bills and provide for your

family, but he's going to lift that to a higher level

as a place where you can tell others about Christ. 

You just bring whatever you have to Jesus. He will

lift it to a higher level. He may not change your job,

but He may transform your job to a new purpose.

Let's bow our heads in prayer.

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