“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus.” John 1:40 I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I am truly fascinated with the story of the disciples first encounter with Jesus. To read that Andrew merely heard what Jesus said and left everything and followed him, is truly remarkable. I think of our generation, with so many false teachers, and those claiming to be someone their not. How do you discern what is true and what is false? I believe these men had to be men of prayer…
All of my life I’ve had a desire to be used by God. I knew that as a believer it was the only correct response to being freed from sin. If I love God, I am commissioned to tell others about the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It took many years for me to completely surrender to this call to discipleship. In fact, it has just been over the past few months that everything I thought mattered in my life was replaced by a desire to only please God and to bring others into His love. You will experience…
- Zebedee, a commercial fisherman, had hired men working for him, yet James and John, toiled alongside them mending their father’s nets. What was it about those two sons of Zebedee that prompted Jesus to choose them as disciples soon after he had chosen Simon and Andrew, two other fishermen? I like to think it was because Jesus saw their willingness to work alongside hired men for the greater purpose of making their father’s nets stable for the next draw. When Jesus called them, they understood the greater purpose of being fishers of men and followed Him.
- “When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him,” (Mark 1:18-20, Holy Bible, New King James).
Prayer: Thank You Lord for this example of how You called ordinary people to become Your disciples. You are still making room for workers in your kingdom. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore