Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Good evening, friends in Christ! The readings for next Sunday are Psalm 27:1-9; Isaiah 9:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-25. Again we see a pairing of Bible readings – Isaiah and Matthew – where the first is a prophecy and the second is the fulfillment of that prophecy in the life of Jesus Christ. Here, Jesus is the long-promised light that comes to shine on the people of Galilee with his preaching and healing. And with the calling of his first disciples – four fishermen – Jesus lays the groundwork for his light to grow. Fishing was their life. It’s what they knew best because they did it everyday to make their living. Jesus describes discipleship in terms they could easily relate to: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” What kind of work do you do every day? With that in mind, what metaphor besides “fisher of men” might Jesus have used in calling you to be his disciple? As you ponder that question this week, keep in mind that God uses people right where they are, with the abilities and interests they already have to spread his light in the world. Your own manner of answering the call of Jesus may not be so dramatic as it was for the first disciples, but you can still make a dramatic impact on your surroundings just by being faithful in what he has called you to do. God be with you this week!