While I don’t know your specific calling, I do know the God who calls. He has a miraculous plan for your life, and a part of this journey called life is discovering that dream and learning more about the God Who created you.

When Jesus calls people:

1. He does so to change their thinking.

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” (Luke 5:1)

- Peter was caught in a net, a mental block.

- Peter, the fisherman: he only knew his skills to be used for one thing – fishing.

2. God always offers opportunity for a better life – with HIM!

Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." (Matt. 4:19)

- Leave what you know; leave what is comfortable.

- Stop depending on your own strength. Depend on Me!

3. God takes the skills, and uses them for His kingdom. A “Kingdom worker.”

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." (Matthew 4:19)

- Kingdom perspective: your work does not just fit within 9a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday.

- Think of Jesus, the carpenter: “I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:3)

4. God gives them (those He calls/His children/people/His servants) a new name.

Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’)” (Matthew 16:18)

- Usually, when God changed someone's name, He meant it as a means of showing a new purpose for the person.

5. Listening to Him always results in blessings!

But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5)

- Obedience always results in “More than enough.”

When Jesus calls, He gives something new in place of something we already thought we had. Peter could not see outside of His boat. What is your boat in life?

Our response:

When Jesus called Peter, notice he “immediately left the nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:20) Again, we see that when Jesus called James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, "immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” (Matthew 4:22) There was no delayed obedience. As many of us have heard before, delayed obedience is, in fact, disobedience. “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.” (Psalm 119:60). When Jesus calls us, may we all be quick to obey His calling.

When Jesus called them (the disciples/Peter and John), they adopted Jesus’ primary goal. “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: ‘Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.’” (Luke 9:1-3)

A whole new life:

Jesus gave them more than there vocations ever could have given them. What Jesus offered was a whole new life. The only thing their jobs could offer was money. Is Jesus saying having a job is bad? No. Is Jesus saying you cannot have a job? No. What Jesus is saying is that He can offer you a better life than you could ever imagine. He is telling you to stop looking to worldly sources and to look to Him for your supply! What Jesus is asking of you is to follow Him. Even in your job, follow Him.

When Peter saw his work, all he saw were nets, fish, and money. Jesus saw a fisher of men. Jesus took what Peter was doing and made it a tool for God’s kingdom. Think of Jesus. Jesus was a carpenter. Jesus who was with God and in God at the creation of the universe came to earth as a carpenter. Think and meditate on this. The building He built was for the Glory of God. He built a living and continuing house from which we can benefit from and of which we can become a part yet today, two-thousand years after the original foundation was laid.

While Jesus requires us to dig deep and study the Word, He does not make it hard; nor does He withhold anything from us. He does not want us to worry we are missing it or fear for our future. When we turn it (name it) over to God, the Lord will redeem any lost time. We are NOT waiting on God. God is waiting on us – patiently waiting on us to act and to submit to Him.

Brian Walton