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Week #2: Called

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Today’s Devotional

This week we are going to focus on the word Called

What does it mean to be called?

Called

Matthew 4:18-20

18As 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. 19“Come, follow me,”Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”20At once they left their nets and followed him.

Jesus invited them, but hold up

At first glance this passage appears a little strange. I mean, seriously, who just drops everything to follow some guy “inviting” them to go along…

Imagine this…Peter and Andrew are at work, a guy comes up to them, says follow me, and they just drop everything and leave.

Ya…sorry, but I am pretty sure I would not have done the same thing. Most likely, I would have stared at him, shook my head no, and ignored him as long as I could.

But not Peter and Andrew, they don’t even appear to think at all.

They just act.

Why is that?

Let’s take a look at what was happening around Peter and Andrew at the time.

Jesus was not just some guy at this point in his life. He was known to the people of Galilee. He was a prominent figure and a learned man. People knew his name, most likely had seen him around and understood him to be a teacher.

Peter and Andrew most likely knew who Jesus was and even if they didn’t know him directly, they would have noticed he was a teacher who had just offered them the opportunity of a lifetime!

Fisherman did not make a great living and most of these men would not have had a chance to “apprentice” under a teacher even if they had asked, and here was a teacher asking them to follow!

What an opportunity!

Imagine being asked by a doctor, at a working age, if you could apprentice under him. If being a doctor was a dream of yours at that time, or you at least knew it meant more opportunities in your life, you would most likely say yes!

There is also the thought that Peter and Andrew knew that Jesus was the Son of God. I have not been able to find much to back this up, but considering what happened during his baptism (Matthew 3) and what John the Baptist had been preaching all this time, the chances are pretty good!

In any terms, Jesus was no stranger to Peter and Andrew and they were not going to waste any time thinking His offer over!

I hope that I would have jumped at this opportunity as well, in fact, I hope that I am jumping on this opportunity now!

Jesus has called us…He is calling us…right now…today!

He has much for us to learn while following Him, but we have to act first…

We need to drop everything…everything…that is stopping us from following Christ.

Have you ever dropped anything for Him? What happened once you did?

Are you ready to drop everything?

Monday with MM

This is not an easy thing to do, but thankfully Christ is a patient teacher, He is waiting for you…take the time today to think about the things He has asked of you and reflect on what you are holding onto instead of following His lead.

What is getting in the way of you fully committing your time and energy to Christs’ teachings?

Here is today’s printable. Click on the link below the picture.

Pray and seek Christ while completing this one today. Ask Him to show you what you need to let go of so you can fully grab ahold of Christ.

He has much for you to see, but you need to act first!

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Matthew 4-19

 

Happy Coloring!

 pink-butterfly-clipart-butterfly-pink-hiMama Brucks

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