Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Saint Andrew the Apostle’s Day
Matthew 4: 18-20
V 20: “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.”
Jesus chose illiterate fishermen, the two brothers Andrew and Simon, the sons of Jonah from the bottom ring of society to be His disciples. The only quality He looked for in them was their availability to His call. He transformed them from fishermen to fishers of men, soul winners for Christ. Jesus initiated the discipleship process; He went seeking for them, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee while they were fishing. Jesus told them to follow Him, He drew them to Him. They did not respond to His invitation with buts and ifs. They immediately left their boat, nets and family and followed Him. They left their known profession, their identity, security and means of livelihood for the unknown that Jesus was offering them. That is absolute trust in the One who called them. Jesus gave them a new purpose in life as they submitted to His leadership and call. They became full time workers in His ministry. Andrew the silent apostle brought his brother Simon, Nathaniel and some Greeks to Jesus. He identified the boy with the five loaves and two fish and brought him to Jesus. Andrew seized every opportunity to point others to Jesus. He worked behind the scene, without being in the spot light.
Abraham responded to God’s call, left his homeland for an unknown land which God promised him without any questions. God blessed him for his faithfulness and obedience and made him the father of many nations. God can use anyone for His purpose. Are we ready to let go of our known circumstances, to follow His lead? Are we willing to submit our will and ourselves to His call and plan for our lives? He wants our total submission, devotion, commitment, heart, mind, soul and strength. Are we willing to let go of our desires, our will and hurts behind and move forward towards Him? He is inviting us to spread the gospel to the ends of the world. He does not want anyone to perish, but to repent and be saved. Are we willing to respond like Andrew without selfish motives? The cost of discipleship is letting go of what one has like Andrew.
Lord, draw us closer to You. Empower us and equip us to fulfill Your will in our life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Today is the day of salvation. Jesus is calling us, respond now.
Epiphany MTC, NY
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church