I See You
How does God turn a man into the husband and father his family needs? I meet men every week who want to grow in their ability to love their wives and father their children. We all have places that need to change in our life, so how do we make lasting change in our story in our families and not get discouraged?
There is a story in the life of Jesus. The way Jesus chose His disciple that helped me understand that God not only wants us, but He also promises to make it happen.
"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. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him." (Matt. 4:18-20)
The bible says that Jesus "saw two brothers." He is looking at us right now and choosing us to be on His team. That story reminds me of the way we use to pick our teammates on the basketball court as a kid. Nobody wanted to be the last pick for the game, but they're always seemed to be a player that no one wanted. We chose based on talent because we wanted to win.
Jesus' choice didn't seem to be about their talent as fishermen; in fact, they weren't very good at it. Jesus, if you remember late in their story, came through with a miraculous catch of fish for them after a night of catching nothing.
Jesus' choice wasn't about the place where Peter and Andrew were. His decision was about His capacity to do the things He called them too.
He chose Peter and Andrew that day because the father wanted them on His team. He saw their strengths and weaknesses, but God always chooses us based on His dream for us, and His ability to equip us to be the man, husband, and father He has called us to become.
The first step of our journey of becoming the man God has called us to be is when we know that Jesus is looking our way. Knowing that is powerful because change is nearly impossible for men when we feel all alone. I wonder if Peter saw Jesus looking at him. I think He did. It wasn't a look of I can't believe you are such a lousy fisherman and haven't caught anything all night. It was the same kind of look that Mathew wrote about the day that Jesus looked Him.
"As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him." (Matt. 9:9 ESV)
It was the look that said, "I see you, and you are more than a fisherman, Peter. I see you, Matthew, and even though nobody wants to make eye contact with you. You are so much more than a tax collector. I am about to do something inside of you that will transform you from feeling like an invisible man to becoming the man who would write my story and bring the old testament and new testament together with your book Matthew.
I meet men every week who want to change and become the man, husband, and father their families need. Men who want to follow Jesus like Peter and Matthew did, but have not given much room for Jesus to speak to them. It is easy for us as men, to press into more work, trying to distract ourselves from having any quiet time before God. I know that I do that myself. If I am sensing God is trying to get my attention, and He is looking my way, sometimes I run away because I don't want to hear His answer. Have you ever done that?
Has He been looking your way and calling you to a new season? Give yourself time today to step away, and listen for His voice.
Would you pray with me?
"Father, thank you for choosing me before you made the world to be your son. Forgive me for thinking that I have to make my life happen without you. I hear your call again to come back and make my home in you. Open my heart to hear your word today, and my eyes to see you moving all around me. I am here ready to listen and be your son. In Jesus name!
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Published on January 17, 2020.