Saturday, April 05 2008
I read today...
Mark 1:16 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.
Mark 1:17And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Mark 1:18And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
Mark 1:19And 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.
Mark 1:20And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
Many years ago, I was walking around the Washington Monument and some protesters had handcuffed themselves (then covered their hands with a metal sleeve) to the flag poles that surround the monument. They were protesting the issue of the week and were being removed by the police using a cherry picker. I found the whole thing amusing and determined that if you left them alone that they would probably eventually uncuff themselves and leave, but they were being arrested and had to be removed. I was struck by their dedication to a cause that had nothing to do with them at all, but they were willing to make enough noise that someone would perhaps listen. For them, it was all about the dedication to the cause.
It was David that said...
1Samuel 17:29... Is there not a cause?
Dedication to the cause of Jesus is the highest calling. It is a sacrifice and often humbling, but rewarding. It is fighting for a cause with every cell in us often leaving behind our own desires and needs while reaching toward Him. Dedication and commitment to the cause is spending time in prayer, fasting and studying the Word. It is being in church when the doors are open and it is allowing God to speak to us through the man of God. I am reminded of Jeremiah...
Jeremiah 18:1The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Jeremiah 18:2Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jeremiah 18:3Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jeremiah 18:4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Jeremiah 18:5Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Jeremiah 18:6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Are we committed enough to leave our comfort zone and allow God to use us as He did the disciples. We need to leave our nets and become fishers of men because we have a cause to reach the lost of our community as we continue to allow God to mold us into something that seemed good to the potter to make it.