The Gospel of Matthew: a commentary & meditation 
"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men"

Scripture: Matthew 4:18-25

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea;  for they were fishermen.  19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."  20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.  21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.  22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

23 And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every  infirmity among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decap'olis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.

Meditation: What is God's call on your life? When Jesus chose his first disciples, he called ordinary people.  Peter and Andrew were brothers and fishermen by trade. Like the other apostles they were non-professionals who had no wealth or position.  In choosing ordinary people Jesus made extraordinary claims -- to leave all -- family, kin, and occupation--for the  kingdom of God.  When the Lord calls each of us to follow him, he makes the same claim -- let nothing stand between you and Jesus.  He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power.  When the Lord calls us to serve, we must not shrug back because we think that we have little or nothing to offer.  The Lord takes what ordinary people, like us, can offer and uses it for greatness in his kingdom.  Do you make your life an offering to the Lord and allow him to use you as he sees fit?

"Lord, fill me with gratitude and generosity for all you have done for me.  Take my life and all that I have as an offering of love for you, who are my All."


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