Day 1: Come & See
If you read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John closely you may notice a pattern in how Jesus communicated to His disciples. This pattern may be summarized in three statements: (1) Come and see, (2) Come and follow Me, (3) Go and be like Me.
At first, Jesus encouraged his disciples to ‘come and see’ where God was already at work. After seeing and hearing Jesus’ teachings and miracles, Jesus raised the stakes by saying, “Come and follow Me.” After following Him for approximately three years, Jesus said, “Go, and be like Me.”
One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter (also known as Simon), accepted each of these challenges. Peter was a simple fisherman, but he would not have been wholly uneducated. When Jesus first introduces Himself to Peter, He asks Peter to take his fishing boat out into the sea and cast the nets. Peter likely thinks to himself, “You’re a teacher, not a fisherman. You don’t know my trade like I do. But if You say so, I’ll let down the nets.” Peter discovers that Jesus knows more about fishing than he realized. Jesus, then, encourages Peter to follow Him, and become a fisher of people.
As you read today, consider this: What does this passage about Peter tell you about reality? About humanity?
What does this passage about Peter tell you about reality? About humanity?
In what ways does this help you to identify with the story of Peter?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Judges 6 & 7
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, like the disciples, I’m honored that Jesus is regularly inviting me to come and see where You are already at work. There are many moments in my life in which I have already seen where You are at work. Some of these include, (______), (______), and (______).
As I begin this new week, I pray that my eyes will once again be opened to see where You are working within my own life. Reveal to me the ways in which I may be denying Your presence, and forgive me for the times I trust more in myself than in You. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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