I spend quite a bit of time each day on the phone. It may not be a phone call, but it still involves communicating on this small black box that I carry with me all the time. This device allows calls, texts and e-mails to flow back and forth all day long. I’m constantly checking to see who is calling or contacting me.
I spent some time in the book of Mark this week. Chapter 1 talks about a special call. Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John were working on the Sea of Galilee. These good people were fishermen- and they were working their nets and boats just like they did every day.
But something incredible happened. Jesus spoke to from the shore and extended a simple invitation.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:17-18
Did you read that? These men left their jobs and homes to follow Jesus. James and John even left their father, Zebedee, standing in the boat. They just walked away from security and comfort to follow Jesus. That’s compelling. That’s powerful. That’s faith.
The call heard by the first disciples was quite different that anything that you and I might experience. We do know, however, that God still calls us. We just need to listen.
How can you hear the call?
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
The call can come through careful study of the scripture. The call can be heard through steadfast prayer. The call can be felt through reflection and meditation on God’s word. We’ve just got to be open to listening.
We have a special purpose that God intends for us to fulfill while on this earth. I pray that we have the patience to listen for our call- and the courage to act and respond when we receive the message…just like the fishermen on Galilee.
God bless you. Pray for me and please let me know how I may pray for you.