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How Do You Know if God Has Called You?
by Brenda McGraw
So what have you learned so far? As we continue into our third day from Matthew, I have gained so much already about the life of Jesus with a different insight from Wendy and Ann. Today, I am so excited to look at something we all question at times—“God’s calling on our life.”
Today’s scripture is Matthew 4:18-22 (please pull your bible out and read the verses). Jesus calls His first disciples in these scriptures. It amazed me when I first read this scripture while preparing for this message because it appears all Jesus did was say to Simon, Andrew, James and John, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men” and these guys “at once, immediately” left what they were doing and followed after Jesus.
It made me reflect back to when I first followed Jesus. It took me a long time to finally surrender my life. How did these four guys so easily leave everything they were doing and their families and choose to follow Jesus?
The rest of the story . . .
Read John 1:40-42 – Andrew had heard Jesus speak prior to this encounter and then found his brother Simon and told him they had found the Messiah. He brought him to hear Jesus.
Turn to Luke 5:1-1. This is also referring to the “Calling of the First Disciples.” Jesus was teaching by the lake and He saw two boats (one being Andrew and Simon’s) and He got in one of them to teach from the water’s edge.
After He finished teaching, Jesus told Simon to throw his net out into deep water. At first Simon tried to give an excuse why they couldn’t (just like we all do at times). He said, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” Then he said, “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
They caught such a large number, the nets began to break, so they called out to their buddies (James and John) in the other boat to help them.
Simon recognized his sin and fell at Jesus’ knees and told Him to go away. How often do we recognize our own sin? Most of the time we are looking at the sins of others and trying to justify our actions as if they aren’t so bad. I want to be more like Simon here, where he was ashamed of his life of sin and being in the presence of Jesus made him recognize it.
Everyone was astonished. Jesus told Simon “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will catch men.”
Simon and the guys had experienced a miracle from Jesus. They had trusted Jesus to help them with their own personal problem of not catching any fish, even though they were skeptical at first. This was their job, their livelihood, their way of making an income, and they came up empty-handed on their own.
Jesus provided for their needs. He will do the same for us. We just have to trust Him like Simon did. Don’t be afraid.
These guys had been listening to the messages of Jesus and watched Him doing something remarkable when He provided for their needs, before giving their lives to Jesus.
Everyone’s calling is different!
Some get saved as young as five and some like me are much older and adults before finally surrendering to Christ. However, God wants no one to perish without Him.
Everyone’s calling is the same!
Jesus has a plan and purpose for each of us. Even though these may be different individually, the calling to follow Jesus never changes. He calls us to surrender our own lives and selfishness and pick up our cross and follow Him immediately, at once. Whatever it is we are holding onto we need to let it go and follow Jesus. Let Him make you fishers of men in the world you live in. His plans are greater!
Think about this:
- Have you asked God what His calling is for you?
- If you have decided to follow Jesus what is holding you from going “all in” with your calling? Is it fear of failure? Is it lack of money or trust? What are you holding on to that is keeping you from following immediately or at once?
- How is your fishing going? Jesus wants to make us all “fishers of men.” When was the last time you shared your faith? Look for new opportunities this week to share your faith.
Please leave us a comment answering one of these questions. Thanks! Blessings on your journey!
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