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  • East Martin CRC

Ancient Fellow Travelers

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Matthew 4:17-22

Verse 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

"I will make you fishers of men, fishers of men, fishers of men..." I'm sure those words ring with music even for the youngest on this journey with us. You may even find yourself doing the motions you learned in Sunday School. Did you ever think about the fact that you are on the same journey with the men that Jesus said this to? Yes, they lived many years ago but the journey was the same one we are on.

There is one difference to our journey from when they took it. We know about the cross. They were willing to follow Jesus but they didn't know where it would lead Him.

There is one way our journey is like those first disciples, we don't know where it will personally lead us. You see, even though we are all on this journey we can know that there are ways it will take us to different places. For example, not all of us will become pastors although some of us may be called by God for that very thing. One thing we are all called to, no matter our age or century lived, and that is to follow Jesus in the journey.

To follow Jesus we need to be willing to drop what we have in our life that is hindering us from taking the journey. Now this doesn't mean that we are to quit our jobs and school to be fishers of men. Jesus actually wants us to be fishers of men where we are right now.

Making it personal

Who are some people that Jesus has placed in your life for you to be a fishers of men to? Choose one or two from that list and pray about how God would have you show Him to them. Who was someone in your life that acted as a fisher of men for you? If they are still alive contact them to thank them for helping you on your journey.

Making it personal kids

Do you have a friend that doesn't know Jesus? Think of ways that you can act as a fisher of men to them. Sing the song Fishers of Men with your family and if you know the motions don't forget to do them!

Closing prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for calling us to follow Jesus. Help us to drop what we have that is keeping us from making fishers of men for Him. In Jesus' name, amen.

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