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Week of: January 22, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 4:12-23
“Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
(Matthew 4:20, NRSV)
As a worship artist, there is simply nothing more important in my life than the project I am currently working on. The artist in me knows that an interruption at a crucial time in a highly artistic thought process could be devastating to the potential creativity of the finished product.
The worship leader in me almost feels as though souls may be at stake in the song I have chosen for such a high moment in the upcoming service. And then it comes, often through the door of my office: the interruption that seemingly ruins my whole day!
The actions of the disciples in this scripture serve as a humbling reminder that following Jesus often means immediately stopping whatever I am doing, so that the greater work of the kingdom may be accomplished. Whether it’s visiting a choir member in the hospital, an unexpected opportunity to serve, or just a time for holy conversation with a church member who needs some encouragement, it’s important to remember that Jesus calls in many different ways when we are truly listening.
May each of us be willing to immediately leave our nets and follow the one who calls us.
Lord Jesus, just as we heard your voice calling us to our current vocation, so may we hear your voice anew in the people we encounter each day. Grant us hearts and hands that serve you. Amen.