What Is Your Calling?

Matthew 4:18-20: 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. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.

The disciples were very ordinary men for the most part. Not one of them held a degree in theology and none of them could boast of any type of religious training, before Jesus came into their lives. These men were not part of the religious establishment of their day, they were outsiders. But they were chosen by Jesus to help spread the Good News throughout the Holy Land and out into the world.

The Gospel of Matthew tells us that when Jesus extended the invitation to Simon Peter and Andrew to follow him, they at once left behind their nets and they followed him. The Gospel is clear that there was not any hesitation by these two men as they accepted the calling of Jesus to follow him. Peter and Andrew could not have known what their future would hold, but they did not hesitate in following Jesus.

These two early followers of Jesus and the ten that followed were basically just like most of us. They did not lead perfect lives, they sometimes had selfish motives, they spoke when they should have listened, and they, throughout the Gospels, struggled with their faith. In fact, only one of the disciples remained at the foot of the cross, and that disciple was John.

In the book, Twelve Ordinary Men, by John MacArthur, the author writes this about these early followers of Christ: Yet with all their faults and character flaws – as remarkably ordinary as they were – these men carried on a ministry after Jesus’ ascension that left an indelible impact on the world. Their ministry continues to influence us even today. God graciously empowered and used these men to inaugurate the spread of the gospel message and to turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Ordinary men – people like you and me – became the instruments by which Christ’s message was carried to the ends of the earth. No wonder they are such fascinating characters. [1]

If you desire to be a follower or disciple of Christ, you can look to these twelve men as proof that God can use each of us if we will only “take up our cross” and respond to His calling. God will not lay out the future before our eyes to allow us to decide if we will accept His calling. We would not be following in faith if God allowed that to happen. As believers, we must step out in faith and try to answer the calling that God gives each of us and believe that God will be there alongside us to help us on our path of living out our calling.

Each of us can make a difference in our home, in our workplace, in our church, and in our community. It doesn’t matter if you have lots of religious training or certain skill sets. And it doesn’t matter if you are young or old, man or woman, bold or shy, rich or poor. All it requires is that you love God and that you “love one another.”

John 13:34-35: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

[1] Twelve Ordinary Men, by John MacArthur, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Publisher, 2002



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