Isaiah 8:23-9:3; Psalm 26:1,4,13-14; 1 Cor.10-13,17; Matthew 4:12-23
Today we see Jesus’ call to his disciples and their immediate response “And at once leaving the boat and their father, they followed him”. It is the start of their movement from darkness to light. Jesus begins his ministry with the proclamation “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand”. Repentance is the first step in one’s journey from darkness to light.
Repentance is not a momentary thing, it is a life-changing transformation of heart and mind. It is a total turnaround (metanoia) in one’s life. In telling us that the Kingdom is near, Jesus is telling us that we can dwell in this kingdom, we have only to repent—to turn away from our sin and let God reign. Turning away from sin is not easy, it requires superhuman power. God’s grace, through the Holy Spirit, helps us to turn away from all that would keep us from His love. It changes rebellion into submission, and rejection into acceptance.
In the case of his disciples, Jesus takes the initiative. He goes looking for them. Simple, uneducated, ordinary fishermen, what use could they have been to him? The same question often bothers us, we are simple, ordinary people, what could God possibly want from us? But this is exactly what Jesus needs – simplicity and readiness to do his will. He went then looking for them. He comes today looking for you. What will your answer be?
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 26:1 – “The Lord is my light and my help”