(Jesus) said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you Fishers of men” (Matt 4:19) Every year, high school seniors apply to their favourite university and then watch the mailbox for the letter announcing their acceptance. It was different for teens in New Testament times. Jewish boys would often attend rabbinical schools until age 13. Then only the best and brightest would be chosen to “follow” the local rabbi. This small select group of disciples would go where they want and eat what they ate modeling their lives after the rabbi. Those who didn’t make the cut would pick up a trade like carpentry, sheep – herding, or fishing’s. Guys like Simon, Andrew, James and John hadn’t made the cut. So instead of following the local rabbi, they were down by the docks, knee – deep in the family business. It’s interesting that Jesus sought out the man the local rabbi had rejected. Instead of targeting the best and brightest, Jesus offered His invitation. “Follow Me” to ordinary run – of – the mill fishermen. What an honour! They would become followers of the ultimate Rabbi.
Jesus extends the same honour to you and me not because we are the best or brightest, but because He needs ordinary people on His behalf. So, follow Him and let Him make something of your life. (ODB)
PRAYER LINE: As followers of Jesus who love Him from the heart;
We may be ordinary but we’ve been set apart – Sper
Even the ordinary and the outcast can make the cut to follow Jesus.