TOPIC: Jesus, Making Men.
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Read: Matthew 4:18-22(NKJV)
4:18. And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
4:19. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
4:20. They immediately left [their] nets and followed Him.
4:21. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,
4:22. and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
Today is the commemoration of St. Andrew who was called by the Lord first to be a disciple and then to be an apostle. He was the first to be called by the Lord to partner with Him as He began His ministry. The Lord said to Him and Peter, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Andrew left all and followed the Lord.
Before this call, Andrew as a disciple of John the Baptist, had heard John refer to the Lord Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” This had endeared his heart to the Lord. And when the call came to be made a fisher of men, he left all to follow Jesus who makes men. Before the call, he was just a fisher man – crude, uneducated and confined to the Galilean sea.
But his meeting with the Saviour and yielding to him, gave him not only a prominent place in the world’s history(He became to patron saint of Scotland and Russia) but also eternal inheritance (Luke 22:28-30).
Dear reader, Jesus makes men; He alone has the power to make an otherwise ordinary life to a beauty to behold, with eternal relevance.
He has the capability to turn marriages on the verge of collapse handed over to him into heaven on earth. He is able to pick up the pieces of a life ravaged by sin and make it whole. He can do with anyone such great things that will marvel the individual.
Jesus calls you too to follow Him; yielding to His call in whatever field of endeavours you are will leave you no regrets but testimonies of his faithfulness. So, do not hesitate; heed his call and follow Him now! Those who have done so have evidence of His goodness.
PRAYER: Lord, I yield to your call to follow you for I know you will make my life beautiful.