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. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Matthew 4:18-22 (NIV)
Would you be willing to drop anything or everything you were doing to go and do what I asked of you? Would you allow my call to alter, and in fact define, the entire course of your life? Would you welcome my purposes and plans into your life, as your very own? Would you keep your eyes and ears open to my call on your life? Would take a second look at interruptions to your schedule to consider if I am giving you a unique opportunity to serve me? Would you make following and serving me the absolute priority of your life? Wow, you have asked me a lot of questions. Do you have an answer to my questions? Yes, I do. I hope that my life has already demonstrated that I will say yes to whatever you ask me to go and do for you. Do I think that I have always given an immediate unqualified yes to you? No, I do not. Sometimes, I have not said yes to you. Sometimes, I have been dull and distracted and unwilling or unable to hear from you. Sometimes, I have gone and done the opposite of what you have asked of me. Sometimes, I have reluctantly and begrudgingly gone and done what you asked of me. Sometimes, I have had a less than perfect attitude even when I have said yes to you. For all these failings, I ask for your forgiveness. You are forgiven. Thank you for all the forgiveness I have in you. I am so thankful for the many and ongoing opportunities you continue to give me to go and do what you ask of me. You have never given up on me. No, I have not. Nor will I ever give up on you. It is my pleasure and joy to be used by you. It is my hope and prayer and desire to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to be a fisher of men. I wanted to be actively working in your kingdom harvest. Make me who you want me to be. Give me what you want me to do. That is the prayer of my heart. I will hear and answer that prayer. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I am willing to drop anything and everything to go and do what you ask of me. I am at your service. I am fully available to you. Make me to be a fisher of men. Help me to lead others to you. Use me in your kingdom harvest. Give me work to do for you. Amen
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