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. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. – Matthew 4:18-20
This is a bizarre scene. Peter and Andrew, working with their dad. Jesus stops by, tells them to follow. Pete and Drew throw their nets down and leave the family business behind, no questions asked. Crazy.
What was it that would make Peter and Andrew throw away their job and family at the call of complete stranger? Doesn’t it strike you as just a bit odd? How would you respond if a complete stranger told you to quit your job and become their disciple? My guess is that you would nervously chuckle as you reached for the pepper spray.
But let’s not forget who is speaking in these verses. With Jesus things are different. He speaks and things happen. When he spoke to Peter and Andrew they must have felt an irresistible, burning desire to follow Jesus. They were hearing the voice of Jesus, and in that voice was all the power of God himself. This was the same voice that spoke stillness into a raging storm. This was the voice that injected life into the dead body of Lazarus. This was the voice that created and sustains the universe. When Jesus speaks, things happen.
That same voice speaks today. It’s speaks through the red and black phrases that make up your Bible. Ponder the enormity of this truth for a minute. On your nightstand you have the very word of God. As you take in the words of scripture, you are truly hearing the voice of God. This voice creates faith in us. It sustains us in the midst of trials. It is our joy and life. It’s a glimpse into the heart and mind of God.
Hearing the voice of God might lead you to do something crazy, like go on a missions trip, or give away your tax refund, or spend hours of time with a needy person. But the reward will far outweigh the cost.
So will you make time to hear the voice of God? There are a million other voices crying out. Email, newspapers, television, video games. But only one voice matters. Only one voice creates and sustains spiritual life. Will you give yourself to hearing the voice of God today? Will you give yourself to hearing the voice of God this year?
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