Come and Follow
Come and Follow
How does God turn a man into the husband and father his family needs? Last week's blog, we talked about the way Jesus chose His disciples, which helps understand that God has been looking our way our entire life and promises to make us into the man He has created you and me to be. Let us look at the story together:
"4:18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 4:19 And he said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.' 4:20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him." (Matt. 4:18–20 ESV)
1. Jesus looks at us
I love that God is looking for men He can use. One of my favorite verses:
"For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." (2 Chr. 16:9 NIV)
He is looking for a man just like you and me.
2. Jesus calls us to follow Him
The second part of Jesus calling us is "Follow Me." He invites us to leave what we know, to leave the places where you only trust in yourself, and step into an adventure with Him. Peter had spent a lifetime learning to fish and became a fisherman. Jesus called Peter and Andrew from the identity they were familiar with to a whole new purpose, "I will make you fishers of men." God never seems to waste all the things we have done in our lives before we come to know Him. That leads me to believe He has been shaping us our entire lives from the moment of our first breath to be the man He has called us to and to deliver His message through the way we live. Peter and Andrew learned to catch fish; now, they would become the kind of men who would be able to catch men for Jesus.
3. Jesus promises "I will make you..."
"…and I will make you fishers of men." Jesus called Peter using words he understood, as to say: ‘Peter, if you follow me, I will teach you to do things that no earthly fisherman has ever seen. I will make you into the man you need to be. Your job is to follow Me, and My job is to make you into the man God created you to be.’
Jesus invited Peter into the beginning of the greatest movement of God in history. He started his journey that day with an empty fishing net but a willing heart. The bible says, "He and Andrew left their nets and followed Him." Jesus is still inviting men like you and me to change the world with Him. It could be a new business, family adventure, place in ministry, etc. Your calling to follow Jesus is less about the what; it is more about the man you will become. His eyes are scanning the earth for a man just like you to strengthen and turn you into the person He has created you to become.
I was an NFL Football player when God called me to follow Him. My job on the football team was to get the play started on offense by snapping the ball to the quarterback so he could run a play to help our team score. Today, I snap the ball to fathers who are the quarterbacks to their families, to help them become the husband and fathers of their family needs. Where is God calling you? Maybe you feel stuck in your life roles right now and see nothing beyond just showing up for work and life. Remember, it is not the skills or background we have that makes us unique to God. It is the eternal purposes that He has for each of us, and we will never realize those until you say yes and follow Him into His plan for your life.
Do you see Jesus looking at you saying, "Follow Me."
Praying for you!
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Published on January 24, 2020.