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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Spiritual Sundays

Hello everyone. The weekend is upon us once again and so is Spiritual Sundays. I hope you don't mind but I would like to share another devotional from Our Daily Bread. I know not everyone reads it so I hope you'll bear with me! I read this one the other day and it really touched me. I hope it will touch you as well.

MAKING THE CUT

' "Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." ' - Matthew 4:19

Every year, high school seniors apply to their favourite universities and then watch the mailbox for the letter announcing their acceptance.

It was different for teens in New Testament times. Jewish boys would often attend rabbinical schools until age thirteen. Then only the best and brightest would be chosen to "follow" the local rabbi. This small, select group of disciples would go where he went and eat what he ate - modeling their lives after the rabbi. Those who didn't make the cut would pick up a trade like carpentry, sheep-herding, or fishing.

Guys like Simon, Andrew, James, and John hadn't made the cut. So, instead of following the local rabbi, they were down by the docks, knee-deep in the family business. It's interesting that Jesus sought out the men the local rabbi had rejected. Instead of targeting the best and brightest, Jesus offered His invitation, "Follow Me," to ordinary run-of-the-mill fishermen. What an honour! They would become the followers of the ultimate Rabbi.

Jesus extends the same honour to you and me - not because we are the best or brightest, but because He needs ordinary people like us to model His life and to lovingly rescue people on His behalf. So, follow Him and let Him make something of your life! - Joe Stowell

As followers of Jesus

Who love Him from the heart,

We may be ordinary,

But we've been set apart. - Sper

EVEN THE ORDINARY AND THE OUTCAST CAN MAKE THE CUT TO FOLLOW JESUS.

Please click on my Spiritual Sundays button on my sidebar to go visit Charlotte and Ginger as they host this wonderful event today. Have a wonderful & blessed weekend.

Blessings,

Sandi

13 comments:

Rhondi said...

I'm glad that Jesus is able to turn the ordinary into extraordinary because he sees our potential.

char72 said...

What a great post. Makes me glad I'm an ordinary person. I love your Pink Saturday post too. I'm like you, I can't resist pink roses.
Have a great Spiritual Sunday.
Charlotte

Clif said...

Excellent! Very encouraging. Thank you.

God Chaser said...

Thanks for sharing -this was very encouraging-

Ordinary and often rejected-but never by God
Willnette

Saleslady371 said...

Sandi,
Thanks for encouraging me today for being ordinary. I'm okay and I'm on my way!

Melly said...

oh I loved that devotional, so wonderful and encouraging thank you, Sandi! I hope you have a lovely Sunday!
Hugs
Melly:)

Lisa said...

That's good news isn't it? Great post!

enchanting cottage said...

This post makes me feel speical thank-you!
God Bless,
Ginger

Karen said...

That was a great post today.
Our guest today talked about pastors in "third world" countries who only have a few pages from a Bible, yet they travel from village to village preaching what God has given them. Thanks, God bless you.

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi Sandi,
This was a great post on how being ordinary turns out to be the best way to be! Thanks for sharing.


Blessings,
Jean

Kathy said...

What an interesting and encouraging perspective, Sandi!
xo...Kathy

Lisa said...

Thank you!
Hugs!
Lisa

Smilingsal said...

Following Jesus is what it's all about.

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