CALLED // DECEMBER 5, 2022
As he was walking by the shore of Lake Galilee, Jesus noticed two fishermen who were brothers. One was nicknamed Keefa (later called Peter), and the other was Andrew, his brother. [Jesus was] watching as they were casting their nets into the water ...
Matthew 4:18 TPT
Day 1: Called
YES, I'LL FOLLOW
As he was walking by the shore of Lake Galilee, Jesus noticed two fishermen who were brothers. One was nicknamed Keefa (later called Peter), and the other was Andrew, his brother. [Jesus was] watching as they were casting their nets into the water ... Matthew 4:18 TPT
Imagine the scene: Jesus is walking and watching people do their thing. For Peter and Andrew, fishing wasn't just a hobby, and they weren't chilling and talking. It was hard work! They were minding their own business when Jesus started to watch them. He wasn't invited; Jesus just showed up! While we're minding our own business, living our lives, working, coming and going, he's watching.
Jesus will just show up in our lives: he doesn't ask our permission. He doesn't ask if we have some past we need to divulge. He doesn't ask us about our skills or resumes. He doesn't even ask about our dreams. Peter and Andrew looked like fisherman. They certainly smelled like fisherman. They talked and acted like fisherman. And Jesus called them: "Come, and follow me." Some may want a Jesus they can call on -- for help with relationships, health, finances, etc. We want a Jesus to visit on Sundays, get some inspiration and go back to our daily lives. We can stay in our boats, holding our nets, catching fish and staying away from Jesus, living our life as it is. But he's calling us out of dead careers, toxic relationships, the holes we've dug for ourselves and the negative way we see ourselves. It's not just what we're called out of, but what we're called to.
What does Jesus see when he watches your life? No matter what it looks like right now, the fact that he's called you gives you permission to respond. He's inviting you to become a builder in his kingdom. There's no paperwork, no questions to answer, no one to ask about your past mistakes. He's just showing up and asking you to come and follow him. How will you answer his call?