I don’t like fish. I never have. I’m a Kansas girl-wife of a farmer. I prefer beef to any other type of meat. Being a fisherman isn’t something I can even pretend to understand. Sounds pretty gross to me…. I can remember, like it was yesterday, sitting in Sunday School and singing, “I will make you fishers of men if you follow me…..” I don’t think I realized at the tender age of 5, what exactly that meant, but I’m pretty sure I was digging the fact I wasn’t singing, “I will make you fishers of fish….”
I’ve had the quote, “God doesn’t always call the qualified, he qualifies the called.” hanging around my house for the last couple years. It’s something I read when I start feeling a bit down about life. I’m a plodder. You see, I was never the homecoming queen-although both my sisters were. I was not voted “most likely to succeed” by my classmates either. I never finished college, so I don’t have a bachelors degree. I’ve spent my time with children and horses. As a wife, mother, coach, and teacher, I now find myself weaving my life experiences into riding and training horses. And helping women with their horse problems-or helping horses with their woman’s problems. It’s not a vocation that pays the bills, but the pure joy and excitement has me hooked. It’s a call that I’ve heard in my ears and feel in my heart. I believe that every thing that has happened in my life has brought me to where I am today. Because God uses ALL of it (yes-even the painful stuff) to reach woman who are poor, brokenhearted, captive, and blind. And the GREATEST part for me is that…..he gave me a horse to help me with my mission.
I loved this chapter. In fact, I think I will read it again. And again. I’ve read the stories of the disciples many times. I’ve sat in church and listened to Pastors preach about how these men were ordinary, but for some reason, that never reached me as deep as this chapter did. Jonathan did an excellent job at pointing out what EACH disciple was like BEFORE Jesus called him. But he also pointed out what each disciple was like during and after that call. The disciples each struggled with their own set of issues. Much like you and me. And I’m sure that just as we wake up each morning looking for a new day, a new chance to start over and make a difference, so did they. I bet they put their pants on one-leg-at-a-time just like we do. Clearly Peter said things he shouldn’t have (that would be me….) and Judas loved money more than Christ himself. I’m enjoying the fact that these people-these Jesus followers-were HUMAN. They were just like you and me.
Although I don’t know anything about fishing (and that’s just fine by me!), I’m learning what being a “fisher of men” is all about. At the age of 39, I will admit, I’ve often wondered if there is “more” to this life. I wonder about security as the world defines it, but I know in my heart that God holds my future in his hands. I can look back at my un-perfect past and know that is a fact. He’s been with me through all the ups and downs and I pray that he will continue to guide me. I’ve come to grips with the fact that a bachelors degree wouldn’t help me be the person that God is calling me to be. I’m learning that laying my net down and following him is where the satisfaction is at. No matter how society puts it, my life was never intended to revolve around ME. God gave each of us life so that we could serve him by serving others.
I don’t know what God is calling you to do. But whatever it is, rest assured that just like the disciples he chose, you too will be extraordinary when you drop your net and follow him.
“To start, you need to put your trust in Jesus as Savior, dropping whatever it is you are holding on to, and just start following wherever He decides to lead you. In this, you will begin an adventure that includes forgiveness, purpose, fulfillment, and rest for your soul. As you are transformed, your part in changing the world will involve living the life that matters, being a small light in your corner of the world.” (page 35)
In the comment section below, please answer the following questions:
1.) In what senses are you an ordinary person?
2.) Why do you think Jesus mostly chose common people to follow Him?
3.) How can God take your life and make it count for eternity?
This blog is based on the book 1000 Days-The Ministry of Christ
by Jonathan Falwell