Prayer: O God, teach us about service to you through your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Third Sunday after Epiphany
19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”
I used to enjoy fishing. Well, I still do, but don’t go very much. Our devotion writer doesn’t have good memories of fishing, like I do. For many years, every Mother’s Day weekend, my parents and some uncles and aunt and cousins would venture to this lake where the fishing was always good, even though sometimes the weather was not.
God called our devotion writer and his skill in fishing for fish was not required…fortunately. But God calls us all in one way or another, to do His work. There are many different ways to serve and to follow Jesus. Here is how our devotion writer sees them; “I look around my congregation and see the fast array of gifts that God is using—understanding numbers and money, teaching youth and children, praising in music and art, practicing hospitality and caregiving, serving those in need in our community, and lifelong learning, just to name a few.”
What gifts has God given you? Maybe there are some you are not sure about? How has Jesus called you? Are you listening?
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, you call me to follow you. Help me to drop my worries at your feet and go where you lead me. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee
12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15 “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”
17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.