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Matthew 4:18-22

  

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee,

He saw two brothers, Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew,

Throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”

And they left their nets at once and followed him.

A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers,

James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets.

And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

 

Have you even been called by God?  Please don't take this statement or our Scripture today for granted.  God really does call people to His ministry.  Our problem is that we are looking for God in all the wrong places!  Modern-day Christianity has created a majority of this misconception for all of us by somehow glamorizing the actually act of being "called" by God through Jesus Christ.  We are expecting a "burning bush" experience which probably is never going to happen.  Unfortunately, our anticipation seems to come in the form of believing that our calling is going to be surrounded by fireworks and divinely-inspired changes in the weather!  Our Scripture today points out that none of these are true.  The "boys" (Peter, James, John, Andrews) were fishing.  Yes, I said fishing!  It was not recreational and they were not on vacation.  Their minds were not uncluttered because they were inbetween jobs.  Jesus called them to be disciples while they were working their every-day jobs.  There were no lightening bolts or smoking shrubbery.  It was an ordinary day for everyone concerned.  Jesus did not deliver a forty-five minute sermon, proceeded by an hour of music.  Jesus delivered one sentence, "Come, follow me and I will show you how to fish for people!"  The message was so powerful that they left their nets and followed this "stranger" immediately.  There is nothing wrong with great music and inspired preaching.  I have seen many people changed in a moment through both of these in my thirty-five years of ministry.  The problem is that often we grow to expect that God's calling can only occur through these activities.   I have often heard people say that they really did not feel any different after accepting God's call to follow His Son Jesus Christ.  Being "called" is a process that usually takes a lifetime of encouragement and discipleship.  Remember that Jesus followed this one sentence with three and one-half years of "everyday" ministry with these very same men.  They grew to know His heart.  They discovered love in all the right places for all the right reasons.  In short, Jesus helped them follow their "calling," leading by example.  Please take time to hear Jesus speaking to you today.  It may only be one sentence that He speaks to you, so don't miss it.  I end this devotion the same way I began it, but maybe it now has different meaning for each of us.  Have you ever been called by God? 

 

 

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