“Follow Me” Matthew 4:18-22

“Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”

Matthew 4:19

 

Jesus has a way of calling people to witness the incredible message of grace to a world sorely in need of God’s grace.  Did you know you have been called?  It is true; you have been called by God to witness the good news of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  Is your response to the previous statement, “wait a minute, I have not been called by anybody and even if I were, I am not equipped.  It is not me, Lord, it is not me….”  If that is your response, you are not alone; anyone who humbly accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior feels humbled by such a statement.  It has been said the “Jesus does not call the equipped, but equips the called.”  The original disciples of Jesus were hardly bastions of righteousness or educated about God in any way.  Yet Jesus called them and equipped them to do amazing things for the Lord.  Jesus used the gifts the disciples were given to further the ministry in spite of who they were, and Jesus uses us in the same way.  Our church is blessing a mission team to be the hands of Christ to the people of West Virginia, and down to the one of them, have doubts about what can be done, especially in a non-familiar part of the country and using tools sometimes alien to their everyday life.  But God sees the team differently; God has called each of them to serve, to follow, with the gifts they have been given. The amazing thing about the Holy Spirit of God, it does equip those responding to the call, and not only transforms the lives of those served but also of those serving.  You are filled “all in all” with the presence of God; you just need to accept the call that is being placed to your soul.  Follow Jesus and be blessed, as you are a blessing to others.  Thank you Jesus for privilege of serving in your name.  Go, and affirm as the old hymn sings, “I will go Lord, if you lead me; I will hold your people in my heart.”

Pastor Tom

 

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