14 約翰下監以後，耶穌來到加利利，宣傳神的福音， 15 說：「日期滿了，神的國近了。你們當悔改，信福音！」 16 耶穌順著加利利的海邊走，看見西門和西門的兄弟安得烈在海裡撒網；他們本是打魚的。 17 耶穌對他們說：「來跟從我，我要叫你們得人如得魚一樣。」 18 他們就立刻捨了網，跟從了他。 19 耶穌稍往前走，又見西庇太的兒子雅各和雅各的兄弟約翰在船上補網。 20 耶穌隨即招呼他們，他們就把父親西庇太和雇工人留在船上，跟從耶穌去了。
14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" 16As 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 make you fishers of men." 18At once, they left their nets and followed him. 19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
- Jesus’ disciples didn’t become faith giants once they met Jesus. Their faith and commitment grew step by step, just like all believers. They didn’t understand Jesus’ calling then but they all responded by following Him immediately. Jesus is still calling disciples who have the same urgency for spreading the gospel and following Jesus. Do I hear his calling?
- Simon, Andrew, James and John left everything that they owned to follow Jesus. What is it that is holding me from following the Lord?
- Stay silent before the Lord. Think of the obstacles that are holding me back. Write them down one by one. Tell them to the Lord. Wait and listen to what the Lord is speaking. Then, continue this conversation with the Lord throughout the day…
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.