Jesus called disciples to follow him. Who he called might surprise you.
1. He called people that were already active. 1:16 “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. 17 “Come, follow me…” As I often say in one of my sermons on leadership, what’s killing the modern church is not worldliness, is laziness. There are some strong scriptural statements against laziness. God is not into it. Active people get noticed.
… 2. He called people that were different from him- 1:19 “When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them…” Jesus did not surround himself with a bunch of carpenters. He didn’t look first to his “homies” from Nazareth. He went outside his comfort zone. After praying, He selected people that were different from Him. Go outside YOUR comfort zone. Connect with someone who is not like you.
3. He called people that were willing to relocate. 1:38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” When God calls you, many times He will ask you to move. Why? Simple. He doesn’t want us to get attached to places and people, but to Jesus. Many times that implies moving from where you are, to where He would have you work. Sometimes that move is temporary. Sometimes it’s permanent. It usually happens, however.
Conclusion- Get active. Value diversity. Be open to relocation.
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