Summary: A new year series starting late 2014 looking at how God wants to do a new thing in Christians lives
Matthew 4:18-22New Life Version (NLV)
Jesus Calls Peter and Andrew
18 Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee. He saw two brothers. They were Simon (his other name was Peter) and Andrew, his brother. They were putting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. 19 Jesus said to them, “Follow Me. I will make you fish for men!” 20 At once they left their nets and followed Him.
21 Going from there, Jesus saw two other brothers. They were James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were sitting in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus called them. 22 At once they left the boat and their father and followed Jesus.
Forget the former things says the Prophet Isaiah – Behold I am a new thing.
Isaiah was a Prophet of God and here he is telling Israel that despite it’s painful past despite the agony of the nations heart God was going to do a new thing with his people Israel so new so beautiful that at the beginning of this passage he says When you pass through the waters I will be with you.
Throughout scripture God often brings people to a new place where he does something completely new = amazing and literally world changing.
We have just witnessed one such new thing in the life of Mary a young country girl who was entering what she thought was an ordinary world of being a wife and parent and respectable citizen she did all these yet God transformed her life and did a new thing.
Or what about Joseph – favoured son that he was whose life was privileged – multi coloured coat who was plunged into the deepest despair exiled – betrayed imprisoned and then promoted and elevated to be the most powerful person in Egypt and probably the known world all to fulfill the purposes of God. God was doing a new thing in Joseph and at the end of his life he could say The devil meant it for harm yet God used it for God.
There are crossroads ahead in our life and God will use them for his glory or not depending on our response.
I was thinking of two early examples from the twentieth century – The Duke of Windsor Edward future King of England who chose a shadowy relationship with a women Mrs Simpson from the USA A divorcee – and married her and gave up the throne of England in those days one of the most powerful positions in the world – a man who retreated into the shadows and gave up his God given destiny compare him with Eric Liddell subject of the blockbusting movie Chariots of fire – Eric Liddell
Eric Liddell who was selected to run for Great Britain in the 100 metres final for the Olympics until he discovered that the heats were run on Sunday a practice which Liddell felt dishonoured God and so he was transferred to run the 400 metres an event that he won the gold medal in – God was doing a new thing in both these men's lives one chose God’s way the other chose the way of the flesh you can guess which one is remembered well by history.
Imagine if you will Peter in the Bible reading this morning