“God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called” quote by Mark Batterson.
Has God ever asked you do something that didn’t make sense?
About 2,000 years ago Jesus was looking to qualify the called. He was starting his ministry on earth calling His first disciples. He saw some fisherman fishing alongside a lake. He then told them to take the boat, out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch (Luke 5:4).
Simon, the boat owner said to Jesus, “We’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets” (Luke 5:5). Then something amazing happened. Their nets began to break and their boats began to sink because they had caught so many fish (Luke 5:6-7).
Simon and all his companions couldn’t believe what they had just witnessed. They had been fishing all night, then Jesus came along and changed everything. Simon fell to his knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” Simon knew he had witnessed something great and felt unworthy to be in the presence of Jesus.
Jesus said, “Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-20
In just three words Jesus changed the lives of these fishermen forever. The disciples were busy making a living catching fish, then Jesus came along and said, “Come follow me,” you are now going to catch men. Without hesitation in the both gospels of Matthew and Luke, the men dropped their nets, pulled in their boats to shore, left everything (their families, their businesses) to go follow Jesus.
I have thought about this scenario many times.
Why do you think God allowed these men to experience what it was like to catch the biggest catch of fish ever in their lives, to then tell them to drop their nets and walk away from everything they once knew?
This amount of fish could have made lots of money to feed their families and then some. The fishermen prior to this had only been loosely associated with Jesus. Jesus allowed the disciples to have a taste of worldly abundance, so they would know nothing in this life could ever bless them more abundantly than what God could provide. Dropping their nets and walking away led to the most extraordinary life ever in Jesus.
What would you do if Jesus came along and asked you to drop everything to come follow Him? Would you say ‘yes’?
What courageous faith, trust and obedience these men had to just walk away. We may not always know what lies ahead but God does.
I can so relate to the disciples. Three years ago God asked my husband and I, “Will you walk away?” He said, “I know your life is comfortable, but will you leave all of your family, friends, your jobs and your life, to come follow me?”
I’ll be honest at first, our response was ‘wow God that’s asking a lot.’ There were a lot of unknowns, where would we go? Where would we live? Where would we work? When God asked us to walk away, He already orchestrated the plan, we just had to follow.
Once we said ‘Yes Lord,’ God started opening the doors to where He was leading us. We didn’t need to know how every detail was going to work out, because God had it under control. We knew where God was leading us may be uncomfortable at first learning how to live in our new life. But, we knew whatever abundant blessings we had in our comfortable life couldn’t compare to what God had in store for us. Saying ‘yes’ to Jesus was the best decision we ever made.
His abundant blessings are always greater.
Saying ‘Yes Lord,’ allows for God’s biggest blessings to overflow within our lives.
Saying ‘Yes Lord,’ to whatever He is asking us to do will always leads to the most extraordinary life in Him.
Has God ever asked you to walk away and come follow Him?
God is calling all of us to have the most extraordinary life in Him. We don’t have to be extraordinary to do what God is asking us to do, we just have to be ready.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
It’s all about meeting Jesus right where we are. In Him we will have life to the full that is complete and everlasting. Have a blessed week!
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