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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
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. (NLT) Following Him will change your life forever, too.
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 ti 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’ll show you how to fish for people.” –Matthew 4:19 (CEB)
Evan Wride (California) titled his story “PATIENT FISHING;” here is a portion of Evan’s story:
“On a warm, tranquil evening last summer, a friend taught me to fish. . . . He emphasized the need for patience in fishing, especially when a fish is on the line and starts to fight. . . . When I finally hooked a ‘big one,’ I became overly aggressive and the line broke.
“After this experience, the analogy between fishing for fish and fishing for people in today’s reading became crystal clear to me. Opportunities to share our faith present themselves in daily life, often unexpectedly. The keys to success are knowledge, patience, and – most importantly – being willing to go ‘fishing.’ While we will not ‘catch’ them all, we do succeed in catching some. Those we don’t catch remain for others to fish for. We’re not all equally equipped with the knowledge, patience, and courage to catch everyone we witness to; but we can do our best in every human encounter, knowing God will finish the work. Looking back on my faith journey, I am eternally grateful for the numerous brave people who relentlessly fished and prayed for me until I was finally hooked on God’s eternal truths.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How will I follow Jesus’ call to “Fish for people”?
Prayer: Dear God, show me how to bravely, patiently tell my story, trusting you with the outcome. Amen.
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