By Jane Fryar and Kristin Schultz
And [Jesus] said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him (Matthew 4:19–20 ESV).
When we think of spiritual giants, we often think of the disciples. But Jesus didn’t find the disciples fervently filling out a spiritual-gifts inventory or scribbling their names on multiple sign-up sheets. They were fishing.
In fact, it’s kind of difficult to tell what the disciples’ spiritual gifts might have been. Peter was usually putting his foot in his mouth, and he even denied knowing Jesus. At times, Thomas seemed to have no faith at all, demanding to see the risen Jesus before he would believe.
But that’s what Jesus does. He calls us. He doesn’t demand to see a résumé. Out of his own goodness and mercy, Jesus went to the cross and walked out of the grave. Just as he charged the disciples to spread the good news of forgiveness in his cross, he charges us to live with that same purpose, that one purpose.
And just as the Holy Spirit enabled Peter to be a spiritual rock, he enables us to use our gifts—named and unnamed—to share the Gospel message.
Think about the ways God has called you into service. Who helped you along the way? Did you start in one area but find your gifts better used in others? What can you learn from the past that applies in the present as you carry out Jesus’ purpose for you in your congregation?
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from one of CTA’s brand-new devotion books, One Purpose. It’s specially written to encourage Christian workers and ministry teams. Use the book, and the downloadable retreat that accompanies it, to bring your team together for One Purpose—glorifying our Lord by sharing the love and grace of our Savior, Jesus.
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