TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Genesis 8:1–10:32
Matthew 4:12-25
Psalm 4:1-8
Proverbs 1:20-23

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Matthew 4:19-20 ” ‘Follow me,’ he told them, ‘and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

As I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, there just wasn’t much Christian music that could be listened to in your car with the volume turned up. At least in my own personal estimation, Christian music just wasn’t cool.

Then, when I went off to college, a friend gave me two cassette tapes. He told me that I needed to listen to this new Christian musician. I popped the tapes into my cassette player and immediately fell in love with the music. It was music that I could listen to in my car with the volume turned up.

The musician was Steven Curtis Chapman and the tapes were “First Hand” and “Real Life Conversations.” After producing a couple more albums, Steven released his mega-hit album, “The Great Adventure.” That concert tour was fun!

Why am I talking so much about Steven Curtis Chapman and his early albums? Well, first of all, because he is my favorite Christian artist. But, also, because his music opened my eyes to the fact that the Christian life isn’t intended to be boring and lifeless. It is to be an adventure. It is to be lived with heart-felt passion. There will be highs and, yes, there will be lows. But it is all a part of God’s amazing story of your life that He is writing.

… and that’s what we see in our Verses for Today.

Matthew 4:19-20 ” ‘Follow me,’ he told them, ‘and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Peter and Andrew. They were brothers who were in the fishing business. As Jesus was taking a walk that day, He saw them as they were casting their nets into the Sea. This was the family business and they were doing their part to carry on the tradition.

Yet, in our Verses for Today, we hear Jesus calling them away. Essentially, He said, “Hey guys, I want you to give up fishing for fish. I want you to leave your nets behind. I want you to follow me. But, I’ll make you a promise, guys. If you follow me, I’ll teach you and train you so that you can fish for people.”

Jesus was calling them to leave the familiar. He was calling them to something new. He was calling them to demonstrate reckless abandon as they gave up what they knew to follow Him and learn from Him to become something very different.

So, how did Peter and Andrew respond? Did they ask Jesus for more time? Did they say they needed to think about it?

Nope! Not even close!

Matthew 4:19-20 ” ‘Follow me,’ he told them, ‘and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”

They “immediately” dropped their nets and followed Jesus!

So, what was the result? Well, we read in the Gospels that Jesus taught and trained them for 3 years. For three full years, they listened to Jesus’ words and watched how He lived life. And by the time we get to Acts 2, Peter (who used to be a grubby, smelly fisherman) stood up to preach a sermon and about 3,000 people gave their lives to Jesus!

The Great Adventure!

Friend, how serious are you about following Jesus? Are you just living day-to-day, going about the menial tasks of your life like Peter and Andrew were there beside the Sea of Galilee?

Or have you embarked on the great adventure of following Jesus and learning from Him as you spend time in His Word and all of the other spiritual disciplines?

Life isn’t intended to be boring. It is intended to be an adventure as we follow and obey Jesus with reckless abandon.

Why not commit this day that you will follow the example of Peter and Andrew? Throw down your “nets” and follow Him and see what He does with your life. You will have all of eternity to look back at your own well-lived life and praise Him for what He did in and through you.

Can you hear Him? Jesus is calling you. So, go ahead and respond! Today, right now, immediately, embark on the Great Adventure!