Matt grew up in a typical Jewish family. Like many Jewish people, he believed that following Jesus meant to turn your back on your people and heritage. While in college, God began drawing Matt to Himself. God put passionate and sincere Christians in Matt’s life who provoked him to jealousy. Matt saw sincere faith and he desired to have the connection to God he saw in the Christians he met. His religious experiences and material success brought him no joy. He still felt empty, and wanted to experience closeness to God.
Matt asked God to show him if Jesus was the Messiah. As God continued to open his heart, Matt saw that Jesus fulfilled the Torah and the Prophets, and the natural thing for a Jewish person was to follow Jesus, the Jewish Messiah.