And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him (Matthew 4:18-22).
Today's Morsel: What were you doing when Jesus called you? Do you know where your were? What many fail to realize about Jesus' call to His disciples is what they were doing. If you were to ask most people what the disciples were doing, they would tell you that they were fishing. But not all of them were fishing. Peter and his brother Andrew were fishing, but James and John were helping their family mend and repair their nets. When you look at the writings of Peter, James and John, you will notice that Peter's message is always casting the vision, while James' and John's writings are about repairing and mending. A church can have a great vision, but if no one is repairing, restoring, and fixing, it isn't going anywhere. Great ideals are just a dream that never get off the ground, without great men and women to carry them out and be a part of it bringing the vision to fruition. When you look at what Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus in Chapter 4, He said that God gave some apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the working of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come into the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man (Ephesians 4:11-15). Notice, some of these cast vision for the church, while others repair and fix the church. As one man wrote, the apostles governed, the prophets guided, the evangelists gathered, the pastors guarded, and the teachers grounded. No matter what each one does, it is all for the building up of the Kingdom of God. But it all has to start with a willingness to leave where you are when God calls you and go on to perfection.
Sing: I have decided, to follow Jesus! I have decided to follow Jesus! I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.