Daily Devotion Wednesday, September 18

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Psalm 58; 1 Kings 22:1-28; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13 and Matthew 4:18-25

Matthew 4:18-25 – 18As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Something that struck me this morning as I read this is that Peter and Andrew, James and John had no clue that this chance encounter with a man named Jesus would change the course of their life. I’d noticed before how they left everything – their family, their livelihood and followed Jesus, but never picked up on the fact of how this encounter changed their lives.

This afternoon I’m meeting with the Presbyterian Women’s group at the church. I’ll be leading the first lesson of their study for this year; “An Abiding Hope – The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy”. One of the questions in this first lesson is; “What is one key event in your life that has shaped who you are today?”

For Peter, Andrew, James and John their encounter with Jesus not only shaped who they became but redirected their life.

How has Jesus encountering you affected your life? Imagine Jesus passing by your way today and saying unto you; “come follow me.” Where do you think this might lead you?

Jesus calls all of us to an abiding relationship with him. It’s a journey with him before us, beside us and even behind us. He goes with us.

Today reflect on your encounter with Jesus and how it changes your life.

O God, I give thanks for your coming unto us in the flesh and calling us to follow you. May we all hear your call and seek to join you in the journey of faith and life. Amen.

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