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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
January 24, 2009

     Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I'll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I'll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn't ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.
     A dozen yards or so down the beach, he saw the brothers James and John, Zebedee's sons. They were in the boat, mending their fishnets. Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed.

Mark 1:16-20 (Message*)

I am always awe-struck when reading how the first disciples responded to Jesus' call to join Him. They didn't ask questions. They didn't go through an agonizing process of deciding what to do. They didn't bargain about the terms of their commitment. Without hesitation, they gave up their livelihoods and everything in their own lives, and followed Him, not knowing what their lives would be like.

This is always a challenge to me. Do I really trust Jesus so much that I am willing to toss everything else aside in order to follow Him?

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©1993-2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

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