One truth shared: These whom Jesus called to follow him were not the most likely agents of his mission, yet these were the ones whom he called. In this we see the method of Jesus: he doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies and equips the called.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Strange, isn’t it, the ones whom Jesus calls to follow him? Even the location of the calling strikes us as odd. They were fishermen who had been up all night fishing a lake and didn’t have a single fish. This was their calling and their living.
These guys had no education, not formal rabbi training anyway. They didn’t come from the local Jewish Seminary. In fact, later, people were amazed at these guys because they were unschooled, ordinary men (cf. Acts 4:13). There was nothing special about them.
But these were the ones whom Jesus called to follow him, to learn from him, and to carry the gospel out into the world after him.
Strange, isn’t it? Jesus also calls you. You…
Let that sink in for a moment.
Sinful you? With all that you’ve done against him, he has still called you.
Timid-and-afraid you? With all your frailties and weaknesses, he has called you.
Unlearned-and-without-all-the-answers you? He has called you.
Jesus doesn’t need perfect people to tell other people about him. He forgives us and then he sends us. He doesn’t need us to get rid of our weaknesses. His gospel is powerful and matters more than any presentation style. He doesn’t need you to know all the answers and be eloquent with words. He promises to give you the Holy Spirit to give you words to say.
Awesome, isn’t it! Jesus has called you. First, he called you to faith. Now, he calls you to tell others about him. Jesus has called you.
Who will you tell about him today?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, it is amazing that you have called me—sinful, weak, and uneducated me. It proves your power and grace! Use me in any way that you choose so that more and more people might know you and believe in you. Amen.