Matthew 4:21-22 MSG
21-22 A short distance down the beach they came upon another pair of brothers, James and John, Zebedee’s sons. These two were sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their fishnets. Jesus made the same offer to them, and they were just as quick to follow, abandoning boat and father.
God has known us, since forever literally. Before we were formed in our mothers womb, before the earth was created. Even before he sent Jesus to die for our sin. He knew that one day he was going to call you. He knew what it was going to cost you.
He knew the answer. Most importantly he knew that your answer to the call would not be comfortable.
Jesus had just started preaching when he began to call disciples. He was walking beside the Sea of Galilee when he saw Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. He called them, he asked them to come and follow him. They did not hesitate, they dropped their nets and followed him. Later he saw James and John, sons of Zebedee. They had the same offer. They abandoned everything and followed Jesus.
They had no idea who Jesus was, but they knew someone had called for them. They had the choice to decline, but did not. They all left everything they knew, their daily routine, to do something they had never done before. They were losing their own lives, and agendas to answer the call.
Their level of comfortability immediately went from 10 to 0. They had began a journey and had no idea what they were getting into.
That is exactly how Christ does us. He calls us and we answer, and when we answer we often times have no idea what we are getting into. All we know is that our lives change, things become very uncomfortable. I feel as if we miss this one small point. When it is a God thing, it never destroys our peace.
When God calls us out of our “norm” it shakes our flesh, but our spirit immediately begins to recognize that we are beginning to walk in our destiny. That is what the call is all about, Destiny! It is about forsaking what you know, what you have devopled about the world to see it as God sees it. Answering the call forces us to see life in a way we could not have seen it before. That is why it hurts, it is literally crucifying our flesh constantly.
Communing with Christ burns our flesh, and forces us into light even when were are comfortable being in the dark.
Destiny is a journey, when we first begin to enter it, it feels like we are being stretched and pulled, because we are, were are being pulled out of what we know, into what God sees. God begins to empty us and fill us with his love, his strength, his power. The more of God we consume, the less flesh we operate in.
Destiny = Answering The Call
Many of us never get to this point in life because we do not want to give up what is required to follow Christ. Never realizing that living with Christ is costly but what will be gained has no price tag.
I challenge you to ask God what he wants for your life, rather than you making a plan and see where you end up…
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
With Love, E