Don’t be afraid, from now on you will fish for people. Luke 4:10 (NIV)
It is never easy to leave what seems like a lucrative opportunity for the unknown, but that is exactly what the disciples did. At the beginning of their journey they left their big haul in response to the compelling force that is the call of the Messiah. Others watching them walk away may have even considered their decision a loss. (Luke 4:11).
They could have looked at the miracle fishing expedition and thought, “this is awesome, I want more days like this”. Or they could have invited Yahshua to tag along with them as their ‘lucky charm’ for otherwise mundane fishing days. But they realized that following Him was more important, believing that the amazing experience was grounded in obedience to His voice. They traded temporary gains for the possibility to experience the extraordinary every day.
Many have done it since. The testimonies are fascinating, with the common thread of joy that erupts from the heart inspired to imitate Him by living out their purpose in real-time every day and in service to others. His call equips us with the motivation to do more than we ever thought we were capable of and opportunities missed could be the point at which the trajectory of our lives changes for greater. For Peter, the accolades of a great fisherman (Matthew 21:6), could not come close to being remembered as the man who’s shadow healed the sick (Acts 5:15-16). He gave up his fishing boat to be a vessel of greater purpose.
Your call may require a sacrifice, bold moves or small steps in the direction of unusual courage. Do not worry about what you have left behind; the prospect of living with passion and purpose will prove to be much more rewarding and fruitful.
Journal/prayer: Today, I choose to respond to the call to service. I welcome the joy it brings me to serve others and I will not linger in regret about opportunities lost. Father I pray you empower us to do, effectively, the work you have called us to do.
Today, I choose to respond to the call, and live my life for the King
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