A Chosen Life-Mark 1:16-18

Mark 1:16-18 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.”
Marco 1:16-18 16 Mentre passava lungo il mare di Galilea, egli vide Simone e Andrea, fratello di Simone, che gettavano la rete in mare, perché erano pescatori. 17 Gesù disse loro: «Seguitemi, e io farò di voi dei pescatori di uomini». 18 Essi, lasciate subito le reti, lo seguirono.
 
     The encounter of Jesus with Simon, later called Peter, and Andrew is also found in John 1:35-42. It should be noted that Jesus chose His disciples and not the other way around; the ones He chose were not really religious in the sense that they were looking for a Messiah.
     The Gospel’s description of Peter portrays him as having somewhat of a choleric personality. He seemed to sometimes speak without thinking first; impulsive, fiercely ambitious, intelligent yet uneducated and prone to depression following a mistake.
      Jesus accepts us in the same way He chose Peter: just as he was. But thank God, Peter’s impulsive behavior caused him to make the best decision ever. When Jesus said, “Come follow me”, he left everything. What was the key Jesus used to catch his attention? Two things are noted here. First, it was the word “fishers”. Peter was a fisherman. Was Peter thinking that Jesus would make him a better fisherman? Was he going to be a leader in teaching men how to fish (“fishers of men”)? Or maybe he thought Jesus would take him to a better fishing spot. Whatever he understood at the time, it was enough to cause him to drop everything “at once”. Second, the call of Jesus came with a promise “and I will make you”. Peter heard that Jesus had something else for him: something new and adventurous. How could he miss this opportunity? Jesus influenced Peter to follow Him.
     Jesus uses the events of our life to capture our attention. Jesus saw an impulsive, outspoken and crude fisherman who would one day become an apostle. Have you allowed Christ to captivate your heart and followed the plans He has for your life?  
Pray with me: Lord, I know that You take me as I am and want to capture my life as only You can do. Help me to be quick to respond to Your call in whatever You want to do in me.


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