Summary: God’s call can come at any time! God’s call can be heard at any time.
Components of the Call
1So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
God’s call can come at any time!
God’s call can be heard at
I. An Event (bridge event) 1-3 (or boat event - haha) call to service or salvation
A. Attracts a crowd - (an event attracts a crowd)
1. Any use of music, sports, can draw acrowd
2. Jesus used word of mouth
At the spiritual level, planning means taking the initiative. It’s not about sitting around until you are absolutely certain God is calling you to a particular task, direction, country, or ministry. Nor is it waiting for the doors to open so you can go there easily. Planning is an act of faith. Jesus never told his disciples to wait for an invitation. He told them to go. -- Brother Andrew in The Calling.
B. Alternative locations - outside, inside , anywhere
ILL Beulah Land Camp Brush Arbors, Camps, Pastures, Ball fields, .. Where will God speak to you?
C. Aids to the gospel -- tools - boat, ... equipment ...
If there are a thousand steps between us and God, he will take all but one. He will leave the final one for us. The choice is ours.
-- Max Lucado, Leadership
II. At their Employment v4
A . Allowing Jesus to help gives him attention v4
B. Attributing to Jesus the success creates appreciation v 7
C. Awareness of God produces an awfulness of sin v8
D. Astonishment at God’s miracles promotes action v9
You cannot choose your calling. Your calling chooses you. You have been blessed with special skills that are yours alone. Use them, whatever they may be, and forget about wearing another’s hat. A talented chariot driver can win gold and renown with his skills. Let him pick figs and he would starve.
-- Og Mandino -- The greatest salesman in the world
When God calls he has an
III. Expectation - - we must follow
A . Are you afraid? v10
Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, told a story about a goose who was wounded and who landed in a barnyard with some chickens. He played with the chickens and ate with the chickens. After a while that goose thought he was a chicken. One day a flight of geese came over, migrating to their home. They gave a honk up there in the sky, and he heard it.
Kierkegaard said, "Something stirred within the breast of this goose. Something called him to the skies. He began to flap the wings he hadn’t used, and he rose a few feet into the air. Then he stopped, and he settled back again into the mud of the barnyard. He heard the cry, but he settled for less."
B. Do you hear your announcement? v10
C. Jesus assumes your obedience. v10
D. What action do you need to take? v11
1. forsook all
2. followed Him
ILL>>> I didn’t know what God wanted me to do so I began to serve anyway. ...