“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.”Matthew 4:18-22
I think back to when Freedom That Lasts had started, and I honestly did not know what I was doing. Rebekah was well organized and my brains behind the operation, and she kept me on track and motivated to do what was needed to start the ministry. The ministry was new to us and to our church, and we were learning from week to week. We tried to follow the manual the best we could but it is sometimes hard to put into practice what you read in a manual. We were quite green in the whole process, but we both knew this was something God wanted us to do. We had people who started with us and were a great help to us in the starting of the ministry and some who have even stayed till now. One of the people who started to help us approached me one day and asked me a startling question.
This person came to me and boldly asked, “What makes you qualified to run this ministry?” I was taken aback by the question and weighed my words as the question swirled in my head. I paused, and I replied, “I have no qualifications to run this ministry, but I know God has called me to the work and will enable me to do the work He has called me to do.” I know that seems to be a spiritual answer, but I am grateful God gave me the words to say. My flesh did not want to respond quite that way, but I honestly had no experience or qualifications in running this type of ministry. I would like to say that I was not offended by the question that was asked but God worked in my heart to allow me to give the correct answer.
We tend to look inward for our help and solutions when our help can only come from Him. God does not care about our eduction and experience, but He does care about our heart and our availability. He gives us the wisdom and knowledge to carry out His work, and we must depend on Him or we will not be successful in what He has called us to do.
Jesus did not go into the temples and synagogues looking for His disciples, but He called two fisher men who were trying to make a living. He called two fishermen who did not hesitate to His call, but who dropped their nets and followed Him. Funny how it did not say they made excuses or even delayed in the least bit. The term used here is “immediately” left and followed Him. They did not say come back tomorrow or look within themselves for what was needed. They simply obeyed His command and depended on Him to enable them to do the work they were called to do.
What is He calling you to do that you did not feel qualified to do? What is He calling you to do that you are giving excuses and not following Him? What is it that you are saying no to because you are choosing the cares of this world? Do you value your job more than what He has called you to do? Do you want to be a fisher or do you want to be a fisher of men?May today be the day when you will be willing to drop your nets and follow Him.