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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:18–25
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. (NRSV)
Jesus calls his disciples. He calls fishermen, not rabbis. Jesus recognizes the unique gathering skills of fishermen and teaches them to use those skills to become religious leaders. Oftentimes I question if I am really qualified to be working in a church, teaching young minds about God. My educational background is not religiously based. But God has called me here, knowing that the experiences that I have had and my education are of value.
Just like the fishermen and tax collector of the first church, we must come together with our diverse skills and backgrounds to create a balanced and effective church. Lawyers, doctors, teachers, social workers, and business people all have skills that are serviceable to God’s kingdom. God can use your skills for his greater purpose.
Lord, thank you for the many blessing and talents you have provided me. Help me to recognize those talents and use them for your purpose. Amen.
Written by Katie Patterson, Junior High Youth and Mission Coordinator
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