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Weekly Moravian Message, January 25, 2015

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Following Jesus

Following Jesus is a life-changing, lifelong adventure, exemplified by our willingness to let Jesus make us into the followers he wants us to be. The two fishermen he called sacrificed their old way of life, in order to follow him on a new adventure to fish for people. Fishing for people was not even comparable to fishing for fish, but these fishermen allowed Jesus to give them a complete makeover for a different kind of activity in their lives.

Fishing for people was a new paradigm that was deeply rooted in active evangelism and in the willingness to move beyond the normal routine of their lives to become “soul-winning” disciples for Christ in a difficult religious and social context. The model is still the same for us today, as we seek to follow Jesus in response to his call to Christian discipleship.

Engaging in active evangelism is a wonderful way to reach people for Christ. In our willingness to follow him faithfully, he through the Spirit can mold us into the kind of fishing persons he wants us to be in our time and age.
Active evangelism should perhaps be our main focus at a time like this, that new people can hear the Good News of salvation and be drawn to Jesus and the church.

Obviously in our world of modern technology the methodology of going fishing for people is much different than in Jesus’ time, but reaching new people with the Gospel is an absolute necessity. Hopefully, we will allow Jesus to make us into true fishers, that we can go fishing with him for new people as we faithfully follow him in today’s world.

Charles C. Harewood, pastor, First Moravian Church, New York, New York

Moravian Daily Texts

06/23/2018

Saturday, June 23 — Psalm 78:40–55
Deuteronomy 2; Luke 4:22–30

The Lord will not cast away his people, for his great name’s sake. 1 Samuel 12:22

You know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the generous and overflowing workings of your Holy Spirit within us. Today, may those who are poor in heart call on you. May they find their anchor in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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