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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

09/24/2018

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Sunday, September 23 — Jeremiah 11:18–20; Psalm 54
James 3:13–4:3,7–8a; Mark 9:30–37

I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

John wrote: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Gracious Advocate, so often we go off on our own and lose our way. We take our eyes off of you and selfishly focus on the world. Thank you for not abandoning us to ourselves. Thank you for bringing us back into loving communion with you. In the name of Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen.

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