Summary: Many receive the call of the Lord and choose not to follow Him. Looking at what it means to respond to that call, and the journey we choose as we practice faith and obedience to The Way.
Call Me Maybe
September 30, 2012
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
"Call Me Maybe" is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen for her EP Curiosity (2012). The song was written by Jepsen and Tavish Crowe as a folk song, but its genre was modified to pop following the production by Josh Ramsay. It was released as the lead single from the EP on September 20, 2011, through 604 Records. After Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber and his girlfriend actress/singer Selena Gomez tweeted about the song, it gained international attention.
The song has become wildly popular in the United States and is played over and over on contemporary radio stations. Now many of you listening this morning have probably never heard of the song, but trust me people who listen to this genre have heard it so many times you might wish it would go away. It’s one of those songs that just get stuck in your head and replays continually until you can find something to take its place.
Musically it’s not a masterpiece. Jepson wasn’t well known, or popular before writing this song. She didn’t have a large following or previous claims to fame other than placing third in the 2007 Canadian Idol television program. She released an album following that victory, but she didn’t become a household name until releasing “Call Me Maybe”
The lyrics are simple, and it’s really just one section that has captivated the world and sparked heated debate among music lovers. They read as follows:
Hey, I just met you,
And this is crazy,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe?
Now we aren’t here to debate popular music, or even to find hidden or overt meanings in the lyrics of songs. We are here to talk about a call. We are here to look at the ultimate call, the call of Christ on our lives.
Matthew 22:14 says:
"For many are called, but few are chosen."
Many receive the call of the Lord and choose not to follow Him. Today we are going to look at what it means to respond to that call, and the journey we choose as we practice faith and obedience to The Way.
What Is The Call?
The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, was looking for a few good men. He was in search of the men He wanted to follow Him and form the core of believers that were going to rock the world. He sat down with a consultant, drafted a list of specific requirements, maybe even a list of preferred degrees from acceptable universities and set out to find the most highly qualified candidates. Right?