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Career Change

It was the chance of a lifetime—if they only knew how it would end up!  These four fishermen were going about their business as usual.  Their family business was a stable income for the most part. 

Then along comes a compelling offer of a new career.  They had seen this extraordinary man before and even heard some of his teaching.  But now, he singled them out with a personal invitation, “Come with me.  Hang out with me and learn from me.  Work with me to change the world!”  This was no part-time job but a full commitment.  They would eat, sleep, and travel together with Jesus, learn from him and seek to become like him.

Did they hesitate?  Not a bit!  They left their boats, nets, income, security and all—and followed immediately.  No thoughts of keeping options open or waiting for a better offer.  It was an exciting life—often perplexing, dangerous, fulfilling, and blessed.

When Jesus calls, it’s time to go.  No delays, no regrets!  Being chosen for His team is an awesome privilege. 

The Word Spreads

Step by step, the beautiful plan of Acts 1:8 unfolds in sequence:  And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Some of the key players in the stages of this plan are featured in Acts 6-10.

Stephen (chapters 6-7) was originally selected for a food distribution program in Jerusalem.  But along with that, he made good use of his God-given wisdom and power for preaching and doing miracles.  As we know, he was falsely accused and killed by jealous religious leaders. 

Philip (chapter 8) was also chosen for that feeding program, but like Stephen, he couldn’t help but preach and do miracles to spread the Good News about Jesus, especially when persecution drove him out of Jerusalem.  God used him in the neighboring province of Samaria to bring crowds of people to faith in Christ and also to an Ethiopian convert to Judaism.

Saul (chapter 9), more commonly known by his Greek name Paul, was a sworn enemy of Christ and His followers.  But he was arrested by Jesus, was turned around 180 degrees, and called to service among Gentiles in “the ends of the earth.” 

Peter (chapter 10), though his primary ministry was to the Jews, was chosen to “midwife” the first real Gentile conversions—Cornelius and his household. 

And on went the Good News from there, reaching around the world, and still spreading. 

Aren’t God’s ways and Word amazing?  I’m so glad His plan includes me!

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

Stop and Listen

What’s similar between the story of Jesus’ “transfiguration” on the mountain and the story of Mary and Martha’s behavior when Jesus was their guest?

In the first, Peter’s response was that he had to DO something:  maybe build some shelters for Jesus and his guests, Moses and Elijah.  In the second, Martha’s priority was on DOING something:  fixing a meal for Jesus and the other guests.

But both Peter and Martha were gently reprimanded and told to just stop and listen to Jesus.  (See Matthew 17:1-8 and Luke 10:38-41.)

Here’s the link to a beautiful song that helps me slow down and listen to the Lord:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wu4Ux6WpFg

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