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08/31/2010

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The Working Man


"When He had gone a little farther, He saw James the son Of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay He called them, and they left their father with the hired men and followed Him" (Mark 1: 19-20).

My mom and dad were working people with little formal education. One of their goals in life was to make it better for me, the next generation. I grew up with many people who were in the same boat. People like my parents were the real backbone of our country. When Jesus started looking for the men who would be His closest companions, He did not go the rich section of town. Peter, James, John and Andrew were fishermen. This was a noble profession, but not one were one would expect to get rich in monetary terms. Jesus' disciples were certainly not men of leisure, but of the working class. None of them were large landowners, government officials or men of learned backrounds. Andrew heard John bear testimony of Jesus (John 1:32) and afterwards he told his brother Simon and shared the news with him. (Vs 40-41) They more than likely followed Jesus from the wilderness of Judea to Galilee. Jesus' words to them were; "Come, follow Me and I will make you fishers of men" (Mark 1:17).

These were regular working men, repairing their nets, when Jesus stopped by their boat. The verse is such a positive one...They dropped everything and left their dad with the hired hands and went along with Jesus to become fishers of men. Being a clammer, when I taught this lesson in our adult Bible class, I substituted clammers for fishermen. A little poetic license I guess. The lesson here for me is that if Jesus put His trust in these working men back then, what has changed? Though none of us are fishermen, we would probably view ourselves as working people, still the backbone of our country and church. Jesus looks to us to spread His Good News. All we need is our powerful belief in Jesus and a willingness to serve. Jesus' disciples had the Holy Spirit to guide them and a will to work. Hopefully we have the same...We can also be fishers (or clammers) of men too.

Have a great day... Go about doing good...WE CAN! Love mark Phil. 4:11

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