Thursday 14 January, 2022

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.

We live in a land and a time of options. Career choices and changes are considered standard. But this passage comes from a time when you were born into your family and your career. These men’s fathers were fishermen, and so they were fishermen. From birth their paths were set and their training was all geared towards catching fish and doing it well.

But God. Here comes Jesus, a teacher with authority. And rather than choosing men born to apprentice religious leaders, he chooses these men, fishermen. He asks them to leave everything they know, all their plans, and follow him. He gives them little in the way of details. He just asks them to take that first step. Think of Peter, a man who would later walk on water and heal people. A man who would build and pastor a church that has outlived him by hundreds of years. A man who would eventually die for this Jesus. The knowledge of all that was to come may well have overwhelmed him!

Dear God, what one step are you asking me to take today? Please give me the faith and courage to follow you even when only that one step is visible.

Written by Rhiannon Mellor

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