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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
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 farther 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.
William L. Dike (Maryland) titled his story “DEPTH OF DEVOTION;” here is a portion of William’s story:
“When Jesus called his disciples, they were already settled into their vocations. From today’s reading, it appears that they had successful careers. But the call of Christ and a new way of life took precedence. Their allegiance was total, without hesitation or regret, to the cause to which Christ called them.
“. . . Our families, our church, our jobs, our education, our reputation, and other aspects of our lives beckon us. All of them need our attention. But as the disciples demonstrated, our devotion to Christ is our first and primary allegiance. We are called by Christ to be devoted witnesses of our faith. . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When Christ calls, I will follow
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be faithful to you. Search us and call us back to you when we fall short. Strengthen us to be wholehearted in our devotion to you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/