"Come follow me"

Matthew 4:18-20 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said

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. – Matthew 4:18-20 (NIV)

I often hear people say, “I’m not quite ready to follow Jesus.” Yet Jesus never asked us to pull ourselves together, then follow Him. Like the uneducated fishermen Simon and Andrew, Jesus called them to follow Him THEN he would make them fishers of men. Jesus did not chose them for their intellect, for fishermen of that day were simple people. He also did not chose them for their skill, for Jesus was about to redefine what fishing meant to these experienced fishermen. 

What excuses do we make in not following Jesus? It is neither our skill or lack of it that counts, but simply obeying when we hear the call.

(From thedailybibleverse.org from Pastor Dave Whitehead)

This reflects what I have been thinking a lot about this
past week. There is no excuse. 
What are we waiting for?
I have a desire to follow Him, to be obedient. 
But I often feel unequipped, or not ready just yet.
“I have to finish school, 
maybe I should work and get some experience first, 
start my own family first,
and get some special training or something…”
But He will use as if we just make ourselves available.
As Dave said above, Jesus would redefine what fishing meant to them.
They would become fishers of men.
When you say Yes to following Him,
He will redefine you. 
Take you and shape you.
He will guide you and use you.
And make you fishers of men. 

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