Matthew 4:13-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 4:31-32; Luke 2:36-40

Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (Mark 1:16)

 

Jesus never chose an apostle from among the religious people. Every one of His twelve disciples was from the secular world. It wasn’t because God didn’t love those who were religious; it was just that most of those who were part of the religious system didn’t have much faith in Him. They were so tied up in their own holiness and the outward appearance of being religious that they left out a personal relationship with Him.

One of the most common mistakes religious people make is to put faith in themselves. They think God accepts and uses them because of their holy lifestyle or special abilities. Paul said, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are” (1 Cor. 1:27,28). That describes the twelve.

People who recognize their own inabilities and weaknesses are more dependent on God out of necessity. That is the way God wants it. He is constantly searching for someone who recognizes they are nothing apart from Him. Then He can do something through them. (2 Chron. 16:9)

Instead of thinking of all your responsibility today, respond to His ability. Empty yourself and allow Him to be everything to you. You will be surprised at how much you will accomplish and how much better you will feel.