"Follow Me, and I Will Make You Fishers of Men"

February 11, 2014 | Chris Payne

What a statement; a call; an invitation.
Jesus makes this call to Peter and Andrew, as they fish among a crowd of other young Galileans.
There is nothing about these brothers that makes them stand out, nothing outwardly special at all.
And yet, they are the first recipients of a calling given to men and woman who desire to step out of the crowd and up to the call of God.

It’s easy to be in the crowd; safe and secure.
When we are in the crowd, we feel safe to criticize and ignore.
When we are in the crowd, we feel secure in making our own life.

Follow me and I will Make you!
What an incredible promise. It comes with a cost. The price? Stepping out of the crowd.

We are so busy trying to make a life for ourselves and the ones we love.
What if we were just busy with trying to following Jesus, and then trusted Him to make us?
To make us into the people He wants us to be.

As best we can tell from this first Calling, and the millions that have followed,
God doesn’t call the prepared; He prepares the called.

When we step out of the Crowd and step up to the Call to Follow Him….Something happens, or rather begins.
He begins to make us.

Go read Matthew 4:17-5:1 this week.
Read it a second time, putting your name in the place of Peter, Andrew, John, and James.

Now go and follow Jesus this week; He will take care of the rest!

To listen to this sermon at New Charlotte Church, go here.