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Simple living study #1: A better offer March 6, 2015

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Think about what you do for a living? What keeps you doing what you do?
Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen. It was hard work but it kept them and their families fed. They didn’t expect to change career…

 (This is a reprint of some Bible study notes I wrote for Scripture Union in 2001 – see yesterday’s post for the introduction)

Read

Matt 4:18 -22

18One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20And they left their nets at once and followed him.

21A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.

Matt 4:18-22 NLT. You can read the entire chapter at http://bibles.org/eng-NLT/Matt/4 available in many versions and languages

Explore

What would it take for you to give up your job and totally change your lifestyle? When the fishermen left there nets to become “fishers of men” they probably didn’t fully appreciate what they were letting themselves in for. There was plenty of excitement in following Jesus, but there were also pressures and uncertainties as well.

Following Jesus around could be tough. Those crowds could be pretty demanding and the other disciples weren’t always that easy to live with. How often did they ask, “Lord, I don’t know why you chose me but I can’t imagine why you chose them!”

Jesus said a few unsettling things himself. (eg Matt 5:11-12)

Discipleship was no 9 to 5. There was rest and relaxation but that too was on Jesus’ terms. The disciples weren’t only called to do different things they were also called to become different people – the people God had meant them to be all along.

Jesus was, and is, an example worth following.

Respond

Spend some time thinking about what you want out your job and your free time. How do your ambitions for you life compare with What Jesus wants for you. He may or may not be calling you to give up your job or some of your social activities. He certainly does call us all to give up many of the ambitions that go with our search for status and comfortable living in favour of a greater ambition – an ever closer walk with him.

More from old notes tomorrow. Hit the share buttons if you find these useful.

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