Devotional Reading: Luke 5: 1-11
Text: When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed Him. (v. 11)
A friend in my accountability group confessed that he never listened too closely for God’s call because he was afraid that God would send him foreign missions. I think that a lot of people, if they are honest, believe the same thing. It’s better to keep God at arm’s length lest the Almighty tells you to do something that you don’t want to do, let alone be suited for doing. I suspect that they get this idea from passages like today’s text; “they left everything and followed Him.” That text, though, is not the whole story. In John 21 we see seven of the disciples returning to their nets, their former lives.
I believe that when the Risen Lord touches your life you are forever changed. But I do not believe that this change will lead you into becoming a foreign missionary. More often than not we are called to stay where we are and be God’s Kingdom ambassador. The strange land is that of our own neighborhood, community and city.
A missionary in East Africa once told me that if a child is given a change for an education–even if it is for only a short period of time–they will not go back to their old life.
That is also true of those touched by the Risen Lord. The disciples left not only their boats but their old way of life. By the grace of God, they became new creations.
Lord, remove fear from my heart and let me listen intently for Your Voice and direction in my life. Amen.