Friday 29 June, 2018

Matthew 4:18-22

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

I am fascinated by Jesus’ calling of His first disciples as written in this passage and in other accounts in the gospels. There are a few aspects of this account that arouse my consideration.

  1. Jesus’ calling of these men appears random, but I would think that it is not random at all, but rather had been considered by Jesus in prayer. He had not long before, endured the 40 days in the desert, a time of very saturated communion time with his Father. I would safely guess that His prayers would have included that of building a team of people who would be discipled by Him.
  2. He called two sets of brothers, each working in the family business of fishing. They were not recreational fishermen but were working for their income.
  3. The response of the fishermen was immediate. With such a brief invitation, these men left their profession and their income, and even their father, to “fish for people”.

With these points in mind, they still had the option to accept or reject the invitation.

And so what is my response to this passage? What do I believe God is saying to me through this? I too work in a family business, and also with my brother, as the fishermen did.

Do I hear Jesus calling me to leave the business for a different role? At this time, no I do not, but I am challenged that I need to make it more a prayer of mine to be obedient to His call if He so did ask me to step into a new and different chapter. And if He did, that I would respond with the same immediacy that these fishermen showed.

Father, you have blessed me in a role that brings income and responsibility. I pray that today, and each day into the future, that I will be prepared to step with courage into whatever, and whenever, you call me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Written by Steve Fell

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