Responding to the Call
by Danny Tariman
Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18)
I remember when I was first called to serve in a church ministry. I had mixed emotions. I was excited to serve but at the same time, many things were coming to my mind that made me hesitant to respond to the call: I was inadequate, I was shy, I lacked the ability, my job, and so many others.
If we read the Bible on how the first disciples responded to the call, the response was immediate.
When Simon & Andrew were called, they immediately left their nets and followed him. They did not had any second thoughts about their current job — that of being fishermen. The verse says “they immediately left their nets”.
When Matthew was called to follow the LORD, he “rose and followed him” (Matthew 9:9). Again it was immediate. He did not say, “Lord, let me fix my desk first and sort this out, then I will see you later”. The verse says “he rose and followed”.
How many of us when called to serve the LORD cannot immediately follow?
Let me tell you my experience. I said “Yes” immediately, despite my inadequacies. There I saw how the LORD transformed me. Quickly.
As a popular line goes “the LORD looks at your availability, not your ability”.
Go ahead, say “Yes” and you will see the hand of God equiping you.