Simon Says

Simon Says

Author: STEVEN SMITHSON
September 29, 2020

Have you ever played the old game Simon Says? This game is one of my favorites. The premise is simple. Only follow the instructions that come after the leader announces, "Simon Says." "Simon Says, stand on one foot." "Simon Says cluck like a chicken." You get the idea. If you follow instructions that were not preceded with the words "Simon Says," then you are out of the game. In Mark 1, we find Jesus giving some clear instructions to the game of life.

[16] Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. [17] And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." [18] And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Jesus did many incredible things near the Sea of Galilee. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and he taught the Word. I wonder how often Jesus went down near the water's edge and talked to people. In my mind's eye, I imagine that he went there frequently and engaged people in dialogue. This fateful day Jesus saw a very familiar sight. He saw two young men that were working to catch fish. There was nothing special in and of this moment. It was a regular day for these brothers. They had gotten up like every morning before. They were going out and make a living. They probably came to work with no expectations that this day would be different from any other workday. Yet, this day would be etched into eternity as one of the most significant days of their lives.  

God, in the flesh, met these men. He came into their world. He met them in the mundane and invited them on a journey. Jesus would use the patience and determination and challenges of their daily grind for His kingdom's purpose. Today, I believe that God will meet you in the ordinary places of your life. I believe as he comes, he will find us doing ordinary tasks. And as he meets us in the ordinary, doing ordinary stuff, he invites us to join him to accomplish extraordinary things. Here is the catch: you must follow Him, focus on Him, and allow Him to set the course for this to happen. Will you leave your normal and secure today to follow Jesus?

Lord, today I will listen for your voice and follow your direction. Thank you for stepping into my world and calling me to yourself. Use me to accomplish your purposes. 
In Jesus name- Amen.


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