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The Gospel of Mark
Portrait of a Servant

Message #4

Can God Really Use Me?

Mark 1:16-20

Many of you, like me, have struggled throughout your lives with a supreme lack of confidence. One of my major battles in ministry is a nagging sense of inability to serve the Lord. I have often battled with the question, “Can God really use me?”
I have good news for all today who have battled feelings of insecurity and inadequacy and who have asked themselves that same question. The Lord can use your life. If He was able to use men like the four we just read about, He can use us as well.
We will focus on three things today as we examine Mark 1:16-20:

I. The People (Mark 1:16, 19)
A. Their Positions (1:16)
16 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.

1. It Was A Professional Position.
a. We view fishing as a recreation, they counted on it as a way of life.
b. These men, unlike some of us, were good fishermen. They knew what they were doing.
c. They had studied their trade, had honed their skills, and were experts in their field.
d. They were as much professionals as a doctor, lawyer, or minister.

2. It Was A Profitable Position.
a. There was money to be made if you applied yourself to the task.
b. You could support a family and “make ends meet” in this profession.

3. It Was A Passed Down Position.
a. Andrew and Simon’s father John (or Jonas) was probably already dead, but he had taught his boys to fish and had passed down the family business to them.
b. We find Zebedee here still running the profitable family business and employing his two sons, James and John.
c. It is the dream of most fathers to see their sons follow in their footsteps and to leave them a thriving business to take over.

It would not be easy for these 4 men to walk away from their positions. They were professionals who knew their trade well. They were involved in a profitable business. All of their needs were met by their trade. The most difficult aspect, however, would be to walk away from a position that your father had worked hard to be able to pass down to you.

A. Their Positions
B. Their Pedigrees
1. The Fallen One -Simon –mentioned first because Peter was Mark’s hero and probably related this story to Mark…this is the story of his call, not his conversion because Andrew was saved first.
a. His Training –no formal spiritual training
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men (no seminary, no degree, no formal Bible college training), they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

“I would rather hear a preacher who says, “I seen” who’s seen something than hear a preacher say, “I saw” who hasn’t seen anything.”

b. His Temper (Quick-tempered, short fuse, prideful, acted and then thought…cut off servant’s ear, cursed)