Click on the following link for previous layout and posts: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/
DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, July 21, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
We all need to fish for souls. If we practice Christ’s teachings and share the Good News with others, we will be able to draw those around us to Christ like a fisherman who pulls fish into his boat with nets.
These men already knew Jesus. He had talked to Peter and Andrew previously and had been preaching in the area. When Jesus called them, they knew what kind of man he was and were willing to follow him. They were not in a hypnotic trance when they followed but had been thoroughly convinced that following him would change their lives forever.
James and his brother, Joh, along with Peter and Andrew, were the first disciples that Jesus called to work with him. Jesus’ call motivated these men to get up and leave their jobs—immediately. They didn’t make excuses about why it wasn’t a good time. They left at once and followed. Jesus calls each of us to follow him. When Jesus asks us to serve him, we must be like the disciples and do it at once. (NLT)
Matthew 4:18-22 – One day as Jesus was walking along the shore beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and 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 farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” –Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
Ratna Chapagain (Kathmandu, Nepal) titled his story “STARTING OVER;” here is Ratna’s story:
“Anytime we start over again, whether it’s a new career or a new way of life, we need to invest a great deal of time and attention if our new path is to be successful.
“Jesus Christ offers us all a new start, with a special invitation to leave behind our investment in worldly cares and follow him. . . .
“I remember the Lord calling me in much the same way. I was beginning to realize that I could not handle my life by myself; I needed some faithful companion who would support me in both good days and bad. It was then that God called me – through my students, who invited me to their home and told me about Jesus, the companion I so dearly needed. From then on I have invested my time and attention in God’s kingdom. I am trying to share the good news of God’s love with those who need desperately to hear it.
“With Christ as our companion, we can throw our nets in new directions, and with deep dedication begin or continue our special calling to fish for people by living lives of compassion and love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – New life in Christ means new commitment.
Prayer: Dear God, teach us to invest who we are and what we have for the good of your people everywhere. Thank you for inviting us into your kingdom. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE TRYING TO MAKE A NEW START
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
For more Helpful Inspirational Material:
May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-a-g/ ; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-h-n/ ; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-o-u/; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-v-z/