Grace to you!
I would love to share with you some thoughts drawn from the Gospel of Mark 1:16-20. It is a story popularly known in the bible as the call of the first four disciples or Apostles of Jesus. Disciples simply means followers and Apostles means those commissioned and sent to lead the followers of Jesus or to represent the Lord Jesus among his people.
The first four Apostles called by Jesus were Simon and Andrew, his brother, and James and John who were the sons of Zebedee. One of the things I observed from their call was that all four were fishermen. They didn’t seem to be extra-ordinary people or the smartest people; otherwise they wouldn’t be fishermen. During the time of Jesus, influential people looked for jobs like Law, Rhetoric, Scripture scholarship, etc. Fishermen were those who, using our contemporary language, live from paycheck to paycheck. The source of their livelihood lay on fishing; and unlike nowadays when we have storage systems to preserve the fish, they lived in the moment; if they didn’t go fishing, there would be no food on the table. Essentially, they were ordinary people, as well as those who trust in daily providence.
God calls ordinary people. He has special interest in the poor, the little, the ordinary people. People who are unassuming – those called the “anawims” in the Old Testament. God even told the Israelites of old to treat the anawims with special respect because he has a special love for them. I do not know exactly why; when we go to heaven I would ask God.
God calls also those who trust in His providence. Those who realize that good or bad, wealthy or poor, He, the Lord God is in charge of their lives and their future, and they readily look up to Him. In the four-fishermen called by Jesus, one would see this trust in providence as part of why, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Similarly, another pattern I see in the calling of these four, which for me is very crucial, is hard work or readiness to work. Simon and Andrew were casting their nets into the sea when Jesus called them, and James and John were mending their nets when Jesus called them. All four were busy working. They were hardworking people or rather people ready to work. They weren’t lazybones or loafers.
This is important. God calls us and equips us at our duty post. When he calls, he readily invites those who are disposed to work and actually as he said “He who has much, even more would be added to him,” simply because the person is ready to be used by God.
So, do you want to be used by God to carry out some unique works in the process of promoting his Kingdom? Be unassuming. Trust in providence and be ready to be used by God, be ready to work.
God love you. God bless you.