ANSWERING THE CALL!


  SOME WHO ANSWERED THE CALL!           When a call comes in, we have several choices. Among those choices are: [1] We can just let it ring and allow the answering machine to handle the call. [2] We can answer and accept the call. [3] We can answer and say we are too busy or just not interested. [4] We can simply answer, hang up, and then ignore the call.

 

 Some calls we receive may be very impersonal. We much prefer personal calls. However, even the personal ones are sometimes ignored. Here are some who personally accepted the call.

 

 Note Peter, Andrew, James, and John:

     (18) While walking 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.”(Matthew 4:18-22 ESV)

 

 I could have understood if they had said, “let us first roll up our nets and help put things away.” But they didn’t. They could have pointed to their bumper sticker that said “I’d Rather Be Fishing!” But they didn’t. They accepted the call, followed, and became fishers of men! And that is what they were called to become.

 

 Note Matthew:

    (9) As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9 ESV)

 

 Would we have understood if Matthew had said, “first let me go deposit today’s collection”? But he didn’t. He understood and accepted the Lord’s call.

 

And note Paul:

(1) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,” (Romans 1:1 ESV)

  

 Paul could have said, “But I am zealous for the work I am in now.” We know how sincere and zealous he was in persecuting the church. Or he could have focused on his rich heritage and present position. But all that was “rubbish” compared to accepting the call of Christ (read Philippians 3:7-11) When Paul received and understood the call, he accepted! And what a fruitful ministry he was a part of!

 

 Our Lord has a personal interest in us. He has called us to follow. He has a work for us to do? Have we answered? Have we accepted?

 

 Have a great day LISTENING TO THE CALL!

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