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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, October 9, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
We often assume that Jesus’ disciples were great men of faith from the first time they met Jesus. But they had to grow in their faith just as all believers do. Although it took time for Jesus’ call and his message to get through, the disciples followed. In the same way, we may question and falter, but we must never stop following Jesus. (NLT)
Mark 1:16-20 – One day as Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother, Andrew, fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen. Jesus called out to them, “Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and went with him.
A little father up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat mending their nets. He called them, too, and immediately they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men and went with him.
Gale A. Richards (Iowa) titled his story “WHY DIDN’T YOU ANSWER?” Here is a portion of Gale’s story:
“Sometimes when our son was playing in his sandbox he would act as if he hadn’t heard when his mother called him. One time she asked him, ‘Why didn’t you answer me?’ With remarkable honesty he replied, ‘I thought if I pretended I couldn’t hear you, then you might leave me alone.’
“Many times we treat God in the same way. God has called us, yet often we pretend not to hear. We ignore the Spirit who is nudging us in a certain direction through scripture, or we turn away when we sense the urge to speak to someone or offer a helping hand to a stranger. . .
“For years, out of fear or busyness, I made the choice to turn away. But turning away left a separation between God and me. Something was missing, and life felt incomplete. I finally realized that I could draw close to God by responding to the nudges and calls. The first few times were scary. But I followed God’s leading and now give thanks for the blessings this has brought me. Relationship with God brings a whole new dimension of fullness to life. Hobbies, leisure activities, and even work tasks take on new meaning and joy when we do them to praise God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Choosing to serve God brings light and joy into each day.
Prayer: Dear Lord, open our ears to hear your call and direct our feet in paths of service to you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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