Week of June 23, 2017
“They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” Mark 1:18 (NKJV)
The opening chapter of the Gospel of Mark gives the account of Jesus selecting His first disciples. The first two men that Jesus called upon were Simon Peter and his brother Andrew. These men were hard at work casting their nets in the waters of the Sea of Galilee, for this is how they made their living. I am sure their day started out much like our day does 2000 years later. We wake up each day, repeating the same routine that we did the day before. We rarely think that something life-changing is going to happen to us. Little did these fishermen know that on this particular day their lives would be forever changed. Simon and Andrew both heard the voice of Jesus and His two simple words, “Follow me.” While the Bible does not tell us, I am sure the two brothers looked at each other to get a sense of what the other brother was thinking of this request. I see a picture in my mind of both of them simultaneously dropping everything they were doing and walking toward Jesus. It was a bold and pivotal moment in both of their lives. We are privileged to be able to read the Bible and see exactly how God used them.
What can we learn from the disciple’s bold move to immediately follow Jesus? I think one lesson is found in the understanding that we should not be afraid to make some bold moves in our own lives to follow Jesus. One bold move is to take a careful assessment of our schedules, activities, and finances and see if what we are doing is pleasing to God. Secondly, If you are not already involved, ask God to reveal an opportunity for you to get involved in ministry. Just remember, it may require you to drop something else that you were doing to carry out what He wants you to do. I am confident that God will bring an opportunity to you that will be more fulfilling than you can ever imagine. If you need more help finding direction in your life seek out the guidance of a pastor. God’s shepherds want to help guide you along the way.
God Bless, Pastor Rick