While walking by the Sea of Galilee

While walking 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. Matthew 4:18 ESV

One of the last places the ETBU group visited was the Sea of Galilee. So much happened on and around the Sea of Galilee. It was there that Jesus walked on water and calmed a storm. It was there where at least four of Jesus’ disciples worked before they were called. Today we see the first meeting between Jesus and Simon Peter and his brother Andrew. John and his brother James were also fishermen working the Sea of Galilee.

Today I would like to focus on Peter. I have always identified with Peter as he seems to be a lot like I am. Peter had his doubts but also great insights. Peter walks on the Sea of Galilee toward Jesus but then realizes where he is and suddenly doubt rears its ugly head and Peter begins to sink. But as we saw earlier this week it was Peter who first realizes and expresses who Jesus is, the Christ.

Today let’s focus on who Peter was, a fisherman. He was a working class man not a highly educated noble. Peter most likely could read as Jewish males were taught to read the Torah but he was by no means a learned man. He worked hard for a living but he was also just one of many men who fished the Galilee. Nothing really would have stood out about Peter yet Jesus chose Peter to be the leader of the disciples and the founder of His church.

Sometime we think that we need some special training in order to be of use to Jesus but most times all we really need is a willingness to serve. God will make sure we have everything we need to get His message across. Also, it is never a bad thing when asked a question to say I am not sure but I will find out and get back to you. If you rush with an answer you are not sure of and it turns out wrong then you may lose the trust of the person you are witnessing to.

Jesus uses all kinds of people. He used fishermen, tax collectors, a woman possessed by demons and a Pharisee to get the Gospel message to the world. He will find a way to not only use us but equip us. All we need is a servant’s heart.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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