What an amazing and wonderful honor to be called into service by God. Andrew, Peter, Phillip, Nathanial, James, John, Matthew, Thomas, Simon, Judas, Bartholomew were just guys in the area. But when pressed into service, they started on an adventure that would literally mark time and would change the world, forever. In their time with God, they saw the hungry fed by the thousands. They saw the blind given sight, the dead raised and the sick healed. They watched as the master confounded the wisest men of the time. He pressed the religious establishment to their brink and ultimately drove them to kill him. They were paraded, hunted and transformed into what would become the Church.
We too are called. Sure it has been a couple thousand years since that 1st call went out, but, our Lord calls us to the same adventure today. We are called to trust him, follow him and watch him change the world a life at a time. We have the luxury of seeing all those that have gone before. Still as we follow, we are as apt to see miracles as were Andrew and Peter. We simply cannot be afraid. We must remain focused on his message and allow him to transform us as he did those original 12. Do not be afraid—It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:24, “He who calls you is faithful and HE will do it.” We simply have to trust and obey.
God Bless You
Again the next day John was standing [z]with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following, and *said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 39 He *said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the [aa]tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He *found first his own brother Simon and *said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means [ab]Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of [ac]John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated [ad]Peter).