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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

The Call to Adventure

January 28, 2007

 

Matthew 4:18-22

1.    Attachment to His Person.

    The disciples could literally do this. To “come after” Christ was real. They could literally follow Him where He went. Two sets of brothers follow now. Matthew will come by chapter 9, and all the disciples will be in place by chapter 10.

    We can spiritually do this. While the call of Jesus is not privatistic, it is personal. We really can follow Him in obedience.

    In Christianity it is not enough to agree with the teachings; one must fall in love with the teacher himself. It would be hard to imagine doing this without a genuine commitment to reading the Gospels. 

 

2.    Surrender to His Will.

    For Peter, Andrew, James, and John this meant a vocational shift of significant proportions. Perhaps it meant that father Zebedee had to look elsewhere for heirs to his business.

    For us it means yielding—perhaps even our career choices (cf. James 4:13-17) This doesn’t mean that everyone who responds to the call of Christ for salvation and service must enter vocational labor for Christ, but it does mean that we are willing to if that is what He wants.

    In Christianity the first pre-requisite for discipleship is to deny self. This is the only road to Christian joy. From Jesus’ point of view letting God rule our lives is a wonderful thing—something on the order of a treasure hidden in a field or a pearl merchant on search for fine pearls (Matthew 13:44-46). 

 

3.    Acceptance of His Mission.

    For the disciples this meant to start fishing for people. The imagery deals with evangelism, church growth, and the missionary enterprise of the church. Perhaps the book of Acts is the best commentary on this.

    For us it means to emotionally own the world that God loves. This would affect our prayers, our giving, our time, and the total stewardship of our lives.

    In Christianity there is one word for all of this: GO! The calling of the disciples in chapter 4 prepares the twelve for their short term missions trip in chapter 10, which in rum gets them ready for the great commission of chapter 28. God calls us to Himself so that He can send us out. The God of the Bible is a pilgrim God who is always on the move.

 

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