Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fishers of Men

  Mark 1:17-18 says, And Jesus said unto them, come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed Him.
  Sometimes I wonder if that was all Jesus said. I do not think the disciples had ever seen this man before, and yet they left what they were doing and followed Jesus where ever He went for the next three years. They did not finish their job for the day, they did not go home to say goodbye to their families and to pack a few things. The Bible says, And straightway they forsook their nets and followed Him. 
  Could we do that? Would we have left everything behind to follow Jesus? Have we left everything behind to follow Him? We know that is what we must do, but when the moment comes will we be too busy, too caught up in our own lives to recognize the Messiah calling? He may be asking us to do something exactly opposite of what we planned for ourselves, but He knows best. Isaiah 55:9 says, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. That is why He is God and we are not. We must place our trust in Him, we must follow Him and He will lead us in the way everlasting (Ps.139:24). 
  Stuart Townend's beautiful hymn, In Christ Alone, says, in the fourth verse, No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me. From life's first cry, to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. It is so comforting to know that the God of the Universe is at this moment watching over you and me. He has everything under absolute perfect control. He holds our destiny in the palm of His hand and that is the safest place it can be. Let us surrender everything to Him and let Him lead us.

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