LUKE: PART II – SIMON
Read: Matthew 4:18-20
“18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. ” (NIV Matthew 4:18-20)
Study: Matthew’s account (and the one in Luke 5, we read on Monday) may suggest that for a time Jesus intrigued Andrew and Peter, but they hadn’t yet decided to follow him all the time. Jesus’ call, couched in language that related to their everyday work, pointed to a larger, more demanding call. Fish may be difficult to catch, but often nowhere near as challenging to understand and draw in as people. Jesus’ disciples changed their lives a lot to follow him. In addition to leaving their nets, going to “fish for people” was a big change. “From the very beginning the calling of disciples suggests missionary activity.” In what way is Jesus calling you now? What spiritual practices help you keep your heart and life open to hear and answer Jesus’ call?
Pray: Lord Jesus, whether I think I’ve got my life all figured out, or whether I’m searching for direction, keep me open to hear your calling. Even more, keep me open to making changes when responding to your call requires them. Amen.