Scripture reading for January 6th: Matthew 4
Key Scriptures: Matthew 4:18-20
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.”
Jesus walked where people were at work! He, Himself, was a worker! He was a carpenter who helped His father to shape wood for various purposes. He was walking here among fishermen who were busy at their trade. He called out to Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew. When they heard Him, they immediately left their trade and daily work and followed Jesus. He called them to a new type of fishing–fishing for men!
When Jesus calls us to come after Him, we often make excuses. How will we make a living? Aren’t we supposed to be loyal to our family business? How will others and our families eat if we don’t have fish to eat and sell? The word of God is calling us to humbly trust Jesus and obey Him. The new calling to fish for men requires an apprenticeship with the Master Fisherman! Why not obey His call and let the great adventure begin? Trust Him to provide all you need.
Observation for overcomers: The call of Jesus goes deep into the heart and spirit of each person when they open their hearts to listen. When we want what He wants, we will joyfully follow Him and overcome all fears and arguments! “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart!” (Psalm 37:4)