COME, FOLLOW ME
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Most people make a living, many people make a life, some people make a difference
When we say yes to Christ it changes us, but it also makes us agents of change.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. – Proverbs 29:18 (#458)
Without a VISION, people PERISH
There is something inside us that believes that there must be more. That there must be a purpose. Something that wants to do more than earn a paycheck and get by. We want to see how what we are doing matters in the big picture. We want to make a difference.
Matthew 4:18-22 (#677)
18 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. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 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, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
“Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Greek: “Follow after me”
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13 (#760)
Luke 5:1-11 (#718)
1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
- Peter and his crew were doing life as usual.
In the middle of our going-to-work, paying-our-bills, raising-our-kids, re-staining-our-deck, doing what we’ve got to do lives; we can come to a place where we feel, “There’s got to be something more. My life has to count for more than this.” – but often like these fishermen, our answer is to double down on what we’re already doing hoping that things will change.
- Jesus called them to something greater.
Until you’ve found something greater to say “yes” to, it’s difficult to say no to the common
- The fishermen said yes and everything changed.
Jesus never stopped issuing the call to follow Him (Matthew, many others in Scripture)
He’s still issuing that call today.