90 Day Challenge Day 68- Zechariah 11:1- Matthew 4:25
First and foremost, sorry it has been so long since the last devotional. I hate not writing, but the last month has been so busy, it has been difficult to find the time. I will try (not promise) 🙂 to do better!
Matthew 4:18-22 18As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, throwing a dragnet into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples–letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men! 20At once they left their nets and became His disciples [sided with His party and followed Him]. 21And going on further from there He noticed two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets and putting them right; and He called them. 22At once they left the boat and their father and joined Jesus as disciples [sided with His party and followed Him].
I love this passage, and have written about it before. It so happens to be in today’s reading so we will go with it. In Matthew’s account of Jesus ministry we see Jesus walking along the shore and He sees first Simon Peter and Andrew, then James and John. He calls to them to follow Him and they immediately drop everything to do so.
Peter and Andrew were the men that we see in Luke 5:3-7 3And getting into one of the boats, [the one] that belonged to Simon (Peter), He requested him to draw away a little from the shore. Then He sat down and continued to teach the crowd [of people] from the boat. 4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon (Peter), Put out into the deep [water], and lower your nets for a haul. 5And Simon (Peter) answered, Master, we toiled all night [exhaustingly] and caught nothing [in our nets]. But on the ground of Your word, I will lower the nets [again]. 6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish; and as their nets were [at the point of] breaking, 7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and take hold with them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. It was at this moment, when they were pulling in the biggest catch of their lives that Jesus said, “come, follow me”. They did not hesitate, they did not stop and sell their catch first, they did not do anything other than drop their nets and follow Jesus.
In today’s verses we see that James and John were with their father, and when they heard Jesus say, “Follow me” they also dropped everything, left everything behind, and went after Him. They didn’t stop to think that they were leaving family behind, they just followed Jesus. Many times we have to leave things behind to follow Jesus. I love the song that was so popular a few years ago- We will abandon it all for the sake of the call. My husband was preaching Sunday about the price tag of spiritual power and he said, “The anointing will always cost you the Plan B in your life”. How often do we hear the call to come but are held back by careers, jobs, our own design for our lives, and even family and friends? Peter was called to be the rock on whom the church would be built. He was called to preach the gospel and do miracles, signs and wonders. If he hadn’t followed Jesus on that day by the seashore, he would probably have been nothing more than a fisherman rather than a fisher of men for the rest of his life. He never would have experienced all God had in store for him. Whatever Jesus is calling you to, I encourage you to abandon all for the sake of that calling and for the sake of your destiny in Him!