Thought for Thursday

And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers. Matthew 4:18

There is an old saying that if you want something done, give it to the busiest person you can find, because he will make time to get it done. It’s true that people with lots of time on their hands never seem to get around to doing things while busy people, even overworked people, can schedule unexpected tasks when needed. That’s why the Lord Jesus, when collecting the men to be his disciples, chose those who were hard at work. In addition to Peter and Andrew, He also called James, John, and Matthew as they were at their employment. Some of the other disciples were undoubtedly called from busy lives, too. It appears the Lord Jesus knew about that old saying long before anybody said it; He doesn’t have much use for lazy people.

What does a fisherman know about preaching the Gospel, or anything else associated with an itinerate Preacher’s ministry? What credentials did these lads have that Jesus viewed as a worthwhile background for being trained to lead Christianity’s foundational years? What did the handling of nets and the knowledge of fish habitat have to do with spiritual matters? Only the Lord Jesus could know why the men He chose were the best choice. And only He knows why each of us were brought into the blessing of the Gospel. We should never question His wisdom in doing so, but should commit ourselves to His lordship for whatever work He assigns us to do.

Consider the first question that Saul of Tarsus asked when he encountered Jesus: Lord, what wilt Thou have me to DO (Acts 9:6)? Even then, Saul knew that he was not being called to a life of ease and leisure but a life of doing and serving. Just as his call brought him into a vibrant life of service, just as Peter and Andrew’s call brought them into full-time commitment, so our call is also to a life devoted to the will of our Lord. As believers, we can never find our fulfillment in the world’s pursuits. Our highest goals are not the passing aims of prosperity, power, popularity, or pleasure but of achieving the commendation of our Lord concerning things that matter for eternity.

Living for Christ is the most fulfilling and satisfying experience available to anyone in the world, as long as you are not a lazy Christian. -Jim MacIntosh

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