Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalms 63:2-6,8-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27
Who among us is here today for some vague reason?
Who among us is here today because it’s the thing to do once a week — a weekly routine?
More importantly, who among us is here today seeking further direction on how to follow Christ more closely, more sincerely — how to love Him more dearly. Who can say?
We need to ask ourselves, what are we doing here?
In choosing His first disciples Jesus didn’t call a meeting. He didn’t ask for resumes. He didn’t advertise, “Disciples wanted.” Rather, He spoke to His new recruits about moving from “fishing for fish” to “fishing for men.” We see, therefore, that He recognized them for who they were. He recognized them for what they were doing with their lives: fishing. Those fishermen were being invited to cast their nets, so to speak, in a whole new direction. By acknowledging their present situation, Jesus was able to instill in them a lively sense of where they would…