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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Is Anyone There?"

Date published: 05/05/2014

Mark 1:16-18 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew 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.” (NIV)

This verse has always amazed me. Simon and Andrew had probably been eyeing Jesus for some time, allowing His words to penetrate their lives, and were drawn to Him. All of their interactions of knowing Jesus came to a head right in the middle of a work day during the climax of work activity. Jesus entered their lives not only at an inconvenient time, but also challenged them with the most life changing decision they would ever make! Ask most Spirit-filled, committed, and robust Christians how they are doing – they will begin hyperventilating about how busy they are. Present an opportunity of significance and they will often be too busy. Lay another’s need (like the “good Samaritan Parable”) in front of them, and it will be like the need did not exist. This brief glimpse into Simon and Andrew’s lives asks you to consider, “Are you too busy for God to be Lord of your life? Are your eyes, ears, and heart pliable and tender enough to recognize God’s opportunities, leading, and work?” Do you have a heart that is sold out to God so that when He calls, you can respond as Andrew and Simon responded – “At once they left their nets and followed Him.” If you want to experience God… if you want the fullness of His life in you… if you want to see His hand at work in your life… if you want to be used by Him… if you want God’s kingdom to be released around you – you must be available, usable, and obedient to His calling. 

2 Timothy 4:6-8 “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.” (NIV) 

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