This week’s #ipromise principle: Purpose is a promise you submit to not a proposal you submit. Today’s #ipromise principle: If you aren’t fishing, you aren’t following.
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. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20
The call is to follow. The calling is to fish.
We will never experience the beauty of God’s purpose for your life while denying or delaying God’s calling in your life. Yet we try. We try to enjoy God and the purpose of his grace and love without being ambassadors of it.
God called these men to follow him and gave them a calling to fish for him. Their calling was to “be a witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the Earth.” They were called to “Go, and make disciples of all nations.” And so are we. The call has not changed nor has the calling.
God will never empower you to live out your purpose for your life. God, however, will always empower you to live out His purpose for your life. The reason many Christians lack God’s power in their life is because they have denied and delayed God’s calling on their life. “Fishing for men” is the same idea as “making a disciple” or “being a witness.” God has called you to be a part of his glorious work in reconciling people to himself. You are an ambassador of Christ and have a ministry of reconciliation.
So, I challenge you to live with a conviction of the truth that Jesus (and Jesus alone) saves, the compassion for people that causes you to hope for their salvation more than you are angry over their lostness, and the courage to stand up for and speak up the name of Jesus Christ.
Live your purpose. Accept the call to follow and embrace the calling to fish. #fishandfollow If you aren’t fishing; you aren’t following! Let’s get to fishing, people!