Called to Missions?

Jesus calls us to join him in mission.  To the first disciples, he said, “Follow ME and I will make you fishers of men.”

What kind of qualifications do we need?  Here is a post from one year ago, worth reading again in light of the focus on missions this year.  It is taken from a sermon preached by Gil Rugh 1983 at Indian Hills Community Church, Lincoln, NE

The Messiah’s Call is to Common, Ordinary People

Another point seems to stand out with significance. These men are fishermen. Jesus Christ is about to start a totally new movement. You would think He would be down in Judea and Jerusalem where the important people are. You would think He should call some of the key leaders who are influential in the nation. If He really wants to move the nation, shouldn’t He go down where the influential people are? If He were to reach a few of them, then He could bring the nation along.

That is the way we would do it! But isn’t it amazing that God does not use our plans? Jesus is up along the Sea of Galilee calling fishermen. Galilee is a rather despised region anyway. Why would He go there? The more respectable area is Jerusalem and Judea. But here He is calling fishermen from Galilee! And with these fishermen from Galilee, He is going to transform the nation and the world.

This all sounds similar to what Paul wrote to the Corinthians: For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong(1 Cor. 1:26,27). It is amazing how God accomplishes His work. Even today believers still have not grasped this principle. We fail to realize the tremendous power of God that works in our lives as His people. We do not have to be wise, mighty or noble. God can take the mundane nobodies from an insignificant area and transform the world. Here we are two thousand years later reading in amazement about the calling of these four fishermen who were used by Jesus Christ to proclaim a message that has changed the world.

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