wORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

JANUARY 18, 2021

 

Scripture

 

“Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Mark 1:17-18

 

Reflections

 

Can you hear Jesus calling you?

 

Jesus spoke.  Simon, Andrew, James and John immediately dropped their nets and followed him.  How could that be?  What would cause them to take such a bold step, leaving their livelihoods behind?

 

It all begins with the word of God.  God speaks and things happen.  God’s word is powerful.  In creation, God spoke and it all came into being.  Jesus, God in flesh, spoke and they felt drawn to follow him.

 

This is the function of the Holy Spirit through the word.  It draws people to God.  People hear the word.  We are drawn to find out more.  We desire to get to know God better.  We grow in His ways.  

 

Jesus doesn’t approach us face-to-face and invite us to follow him.  Still, he does call us.  We hear the good news of God.  We see goodness in the followers of Jesus.  We feel compelled to follow.

 

Through his word, he reveals his purposes for us.  We discover the incredible adventure he has in mind for us.  The disciples might have really enjoyed their work as fishermen.  Still, nothing compared to what God had in store for them, the joy of seeing others come to Jesus.

 

Prayer

 

Lord God, thank you for calling me through your word.  Use me to call others to follow you as well.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Full Reading: Mark 1:14-21

 

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