That was so sad to read. It’s like the story of Job. Now, His dear cousin’s in jail?!
Back to back.
I mean, He was just facing temptation left and right & grew weary enough that God sent angels to minister to Him.
Honestly, I’m grateful He got that break to get rejuvenated before the next big thing would come around. Have you ever relaxed your walk to a glacial pace when you felt like the devil had left you alone?
Well, the truth of the matter is you need ministering to. That’s your chance to refuel so you can be ready when he comes back.
Paul admonished Timothy in 2 Tim. 4:2 to “Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable.” (Amp.) when it came to preaching the word.
Peter in His letter to “to the elect exiles of the dispersion scattered (sowed) abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” warned them as Christians to, “Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy… the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.“(see 1 Peter 5:8 – Amp.)
And I believe we too, as Christians today, should take our cue from examples like the ones listed above. We should always be watchful. We should always be singing, praising, watching out for bitterness and conceit (which makes one critical), LEARNING AT GOD’S FEET, allowing others to correct and teach us
so we can grow into full maturity.
Put pride aside and make it your aim in life to grow spiritually no matter what/how.
4:17 –> I think it’s amazing how as soon as it was time for Jesus to take over, John the baptizer, all of a sudden, could not do what he used to do. All of a sudden He was imprisoned and we find out, later killed.
Jesus’ time had begun.
It was as if John had done what he came to do. He had prepared the way for Jesus. Now instead of John(Mt. 3:1-2), Jesus was the one crying out, “Repent.”
John had said that Jesus who was mightier would come… that though John baptized with water, Jesus would baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire(Mt. 3:11). In one account, John the baptizer said that unless heaven allowed it, he could receive nothing so he was content to do as much as God permitted(John 3:27-Amp.) and because of that, he could confidently say,
“[Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]” (as told by John, the disciple & Apostle in John 3:30- Amp.)
Even in the previous verse, John the baptizer easily admitted that he was just Christ’s forerunner and he was okayw ith that,
Humbly accept the call of God on your life without stirring up strife or wasting time in jealousy.
We are all called to different things.
With a heart of humility and contentment, accept your lot in life (in the area of God’s plan for you) or else everything will always be a battle for you.
Part of living a truly peaceful life simply involves accepting whatever God gives you because He gives with a definite purpose in mind. Who else will give you anything even remotely worthwhile?
So John had to drop out of the scene because that’s the way the story was written… because he obeyed God (which is actually the reason he was arrested).
And all of a sudden, Jesus finishes his forty-day fast and He’s out there ministering.
Please don’t think He didn’t care about John’s lot. Jesus is full of compassion.
vs. 18-19 –> Nice metaphorical language there, Jesus (fishers of men).
“letting Me be your guide“
Rest assured and fight forgetfulness. Part of the call of Jesus to His disciples (which includes YOU) involves you willingly allowing yourself to be guided by Him. This involves obedience, humility, submission.
You must beat your being into submission to Christ. Subservience to Him must be a conscious choice you make when you say “yes” to Jesus
N.B. –> “Letting” is present continous.
Keep allowing Jesus guide you on each individual day by starting it at His feet. If you fail to do so on any day, you have seized to let Him be your guide.
If you think about fishing for men (not guys but humans in general), you don’t just kinda sit somewhere on the shore and wait for fish to come to you.
You gotta be out there in the middle of life, going after people and if you fail, you fail
but when you reel in a really big catch, it’s totally worth it.
Every catch is a worth it. Just get out there. There is an amount of waiting for the fish to come to you but you still gotta be out there where the action is.
Do not live a lackadaisical, “it’ll all work out” life.
Discipline yourself & be ready… always ready to preach like God said.
vs. 20 At once! they obeyed even leaving their nets. I know you’re in the middle of something right now & it doesn’t seem very cost effective to leave whatever awesome project you’re working on halfway
but leave it anyway
because the call Jesus gives you is more significant that anything else you’ll ever do
IN YOUR LIFE.