Jesus Calls Working Men to Work For Him

Daily God Walk for Friday, May 7, 2010

 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.                         – Matthew 8:18-20

For most of us today fishing is a sport, but in the time that Christ walked the shores of Galilee it was survival. Many along that lake made their living by casting nets into the water to catch the fish which would be later sold in the marketplace. Simon, later called Peter, and his brother Andrew were two such men.

As he walked along Galilee Jesus was beginning to put together a team that would change the world. We are made curious by those he chose to be world changers. He did not go to the marketplace to find those who were best at selling their goods. He did not go the banker to recruit those who were good at handling money. He went after fishermen.

These were men who were not accustomed to having others do the work for them. They were like those today who would roll up their sleeves and jump into the work with all that they had. These fisherman were not schooled in the finer things of life. Their hands were rough, and no doubt their speech was just as rough, but Jesus saw something in them that others may not have seen.

He saw that they understood the kind of commitment that was required to get a job done. He could also see that they were loyal to each other and to family. Not only was Simon and Andrew working the family fishing business, but so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee. These were men who knew hard work and the rewards of working hard.

Jesus is looking for men and women today who have the same characteristics. He looks for people who are committed to the task at hand, who will be loyal in times of hardship, and who understand the value of the work to be done.

Can you hear him say, “Come, follow me”?

 Principle:  Jesus is calling faithful men and women to change the world.

 Affirmation:  I have heard his call and I am responding to the task.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to surrender my own desires and ambitions to follow you and do my part to change the world. Amen.

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