Friday, May 1, 2009

Chapter One...Preparation BY Jesus (Part 2)

The second thing Jesus does is establish his companions (16-20).  Once he started preaching his simple message, he started to look for some guys who would eventually be the ones to continue the work he started (sounds like a missionary).

"Come follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."  What stuck out most to the guys on the morning we talked about this was that Jesus was calling "ordinary men."  Not only that, these guys dropped what they were doing to follow Jesus.  They left their jobs, their family, and probably some of their friends.

An interesting thing to me was that Jesus was not calling them to a fun glorious life, he was calling them to work!  "Fishers of men" to me suggests that there's work involved and not a life in the hammock.  I know some fishermen and they love to fish.  The fish don't always bite, but their love for the sport and the hope and faith that some day one will bite continues to drive them.  They're consistent...even if the big one does get away!

This is a message for us...what do we need to give up in order to become "fishers of men"?  It might not be something materialistic, but then again it might be?  It might not be our family's opinion, but then again it might be?  It might not be our attitude or fear of man, but then might be?

This is a message for us..."Come follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you Fishers of Men."

Who wants to go fishing?

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