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Summary: God changes you

Fishy Fishermen made Faithful Followers (Matthew 4:17-22)

(God looks at a stone and doesn't see rock_

Intro:

1. How many fishermen do we have here

2. Fishermen are a unique breed

3. 25 pound crappie and a four foot long bluegill

Two fellows meet in Florida. One says: 'I went fishing last week and caught a sardine that weighed 450 pounds.'

The other guy looks at him and says: 'I too was fishing last week, and I didn't catch anything, but I pulled up the hook, and standing on the hook was a lantern from an old ship. God only knows how long it was lying in the mud, because it was covered with seaweed and barnacles. I washed it the best I could and polished it, and on the bottom was a scripted engraving, 'Manufactured 1467'. This was before Columbus and would you believe it, the light was still burning!'

The other guy says, 'I'll take off 100 pounds from the herring, you blow out the light.'

Let’s talk about some special fishermen

Text: (Matt4:17-22 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Change your hearts and lives, because the kingdom of heaven is near.”

18 As Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the lake because they were fishermen. 19 Jesus said, “Come follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 So Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him.

21 As Jesus continued walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus told them to come with him. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and they followed Jesus.

(NCV)

No doubt, many would question the wisdom of choosing such men like Peter, Andrew, James and John but God the Son knew exactly what he was doing. He was choosing common men for a very uncommon task - He was taking fishy fishermen and making them faithful followers.

What qualities did Jesus see and what purpose did Jesus have? These are the questions we will seek to answer this day as we examine: The Eye of the Sculptor, The Surrender, and finally the Masterpiece of the Master.

I. The Eye of the Sculptor

The difference between an artist and most of us is that the artist has the ability to visualize what the outcome is going to be . . .

I look at a rock and all I see is a rock. I look at a canvas and all I can see is bland piece of expensive cloth. And, if I was Jesus walking along that day seeing these smelly fishermen, all I could see would have been smelly fishermen.

But our Lord has the Eye of an Artist. He see what can be and not just what is.

A. What did the Artist See?

1. An Outstanding Spokesman and Leader - Peter

2. A Servant and Evangelist - Andrew

3. A Martyr - James

4. A Loving Friend and Powerful Preacher - John

B. What does the Artist see in you?

1. Sin Made Saint?

2. Child Being Made Mature?

3. Good Steward?

C. What Did God See In Others?

1. David- a snot nosed kid

2. Jacob-a deceiver

3. Moses- a softy used to palace life-too quick to act

II. The Surrender to God’s Will

Peter, James, Andrew and John would have remained fishermen. We would not be speaking their names today, admiring they faith, or learning form their example if it had not been for the command, "Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men;" and they had responded by immediately leaving their nets.

For the Sculptor to work, the stone must surrender to his will.

For Jesus to create you into the vessel that you can be and He desires you to be, you must give yourself totally into His hand.

A. Surrender is Separation

1. These four left their nets and followed Him. They put off their old life and took on a new role.

2. To become what God has designed for you ; you must be totally committed to God

B. Surrender is Sacrificial

1. Fishing was the means by which they earned their money. It was their security. Pardon the pun, but it was their safety net.

2. You might have to give up some things; but God is Faithful to reward you

3. Those things that are worthy always call for a sacrifice.

C. Surrender is Servant hood

Note what Jesus said, "I will make you fishers of men." These four would not only be servants to the Lord, but they would also spend their lives being servants to men.

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