As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
It’s amazing to see how quickly and uncompromisingly they followed him, even if they may have met Jesus before.
Follower had a very special meaning to them. Jesus was not the only Rabbi. It was a great honour getting called to follow a Rabbi. The purpose of following a Rabbi was to totally immerse oneself into a his interpretation of scripture and how he lived it out. It was a very serious call.
Today we have apprentices, workplace mentorings etc
Deliberate and intentional attitude to learn (student) and teach (teacher).
Jesus had a plan with the 12 men. In the Bible you can find all the good and the bad. The gospel accounts are very real. That, amongst other things, is what makes the Bible credible.
1) That They Might Be With Him & That They May Go Out to Preach
Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.
After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis.
On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.
After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.
When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.
As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea.
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
So it goes on and on. Paul always had companions that travelled with him. The apostles imitated Jesus. They took others with them just as Christ did with them.
3 Things that are important:
a) Be Eager
There is a difference between being willing and being eager. This comes from seeing a bigger picture and associating myself with that bigger picture. As a Christian it is understanding and remembering what Jesus has done for me.
Also, Jesus has called us to be his ambassadors.
What are the goals of people that I know? Everybody wants to be accepted and loved despite their dark secrets. They try to create worth themselves. Only in Christ find people a God that knows us to the depth and loves us to the skies.
Nobody starts off by being an effective ambassador.
b) Be Humble
There is true and false humility.
“‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.
Which one obeyed his father?
Having the attitude of a servant. A servant doesn’t think about what is due to him. I’m an unworthy servant. That was very much Jesus’ attitude, going to the cross. Jesus kept his focus on pleasing God
c) Be Godly
Definition of being godly for now: being God-centered
See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.
Esau was considered godless. What was it about his attitude that was ungodly? He didn’t embrace and value the gift of a firstborn that God gave him. With a great gift comes great responsibility. Esau didn’t take responsibility to do something with what God gave him.
This reminds us of the following man:
“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
When I’m ungodly I focus on the negative and the problems that come along.
2) Preaching the Message to Jews and Greeks Alike
Tell the story!
Paul taught in the Synagogues. He did a masterful job at connecting the prophets with the fulfillment in Jesus. Paul was effective in telling people the story and how it meets their deepest needs.
If you have been friends with people for a long time and they don’t want to come to church, tell them the story. “We are parting ways soon and I don’t want to leave you without sharing with you the most precious thing I have found in my life.” You can use Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23 etc. “If you ever get to a point in your life when you want to know more, get in touch with me.”
Two questions that can help you being better prepared to share about your faith and hope:
- What are two words that used to describe me before I became a Christian?
- What are two words that describe me after becoming a Christian?
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