Fishing for People (Jan 4)

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From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

January 4
Fishing for People

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalms 3:1-8 | Genesis 8:1-10:32 | Matthew 4:12-25 | Proverbs 1:20-23

Today’s Scripture Focus: Matthew 4:12-25

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people” (Matt. 4:19 NIV 2011).

When Jesus began to assemble his leadership team, he began in an unlikely place: he went to the seashore and found some fishermen. He chose average ordinary people through whom he would turn the world upside down.

Jesus sees the potential in people like Peter and Andrew, James and John, and he calls them to a new kind of fishing: fishing for people. He was looking for average ordinary people who could reach out to other average ordinary people with good news.

Their obedience is instant and wholehearted. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.

Jesus sees you too. He calls out to you: “Come follow me, together we’ll fish for other people” You might feel inadequate for the task. You might wonder if he should call someone else. But he is looking in your eyes and calling out to you:

“I see potential in you for the kingdom. Come follow me. I will show you how to make a difference in your world. Join me in fishing for other ordinary people just like you.”

Jesus never makes mistakes. He knows your potential. He will be with you each step of the way as you reach out to others with the good news of the gospel. Don’t be afraid. Get out of your boat and follow him.

Eternal God who seeks and finds and calls, I hear your voice. Yes, I will join you. Teach me how to fish for people. I have a lot to learn, so teach me. When I feel afraid, be near me. I am putting me trust in you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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