Men and Mission

One of the most unique and important aspects of Jesus’ early ministry was His call to service. In the “eyes” of this fallen world, He selected a most surprising group of men for mission. Mark 1:16-20 records this call: “Now as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed Him. And when He had gone a little further thence, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway He called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after Him.” These four men, of the twelve, were working fishermen. They were not from the religious establishment; they didn’t have resumes; they had no college degrees. However, Jesus called them! Why? They were available, they forsook their livelihood, followed Jesus and they were teachable. They trusted Jesus with their futures and needs. Their mission is still impacting lives today. Jesus taught them, tested them, trained them, equipped them and sent them. He still does that with people today who hear and answer His call! Kittie Louise Suffield gave us a simple Gospel song entitled, “Little Is Much When God Is in It.” It speaks of this remarkable call: “In the harvest field now ripened there’s a work for all to do; Hark! the voice of God is calling, to the harvest calling you. Does the place you’re called to labor seem too small and little known? It is great if God is in it, and He’ll not forget His own. When the conflict here is ended and our race on earth is run,  He will say, if we are faithful, “Welcome home, My child, well done!” Little is much when God is in it, labor not for wealth or fame; there’s a crown, and you can win it, if you go in Jesus’ name!” Selah! “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called……….that no flesh should glory in His Presence.” (From I Corinthians 1:26 & 29). It doesn’t say, not any; it does say not many!   Ron

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