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  READ: Matthew 4:18-22

[Jesus] said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” —Matthew 4:19

Every year, high-school seniors apply to
their favorite universities and then watch the mailbox for the letter
announcing their acceptance.

It was different for teens in New
Testament times. Jewish boys would often attend rabbinical schools
until age 13. Then only the best and brightest would be chosen to
“follow” the local rabbi. This small, select group of disciples would
go where he went and eat what he ate—modeling their lives after the
rabbi. Those who didn’t make the cut would pick up a trade like
carpentry, sheep-herding, or fishing.

Guys like Simon, Andrew,
James, and John hadn’t made the cut. So instead of following the local
rabbi, they were down by the docks, knee-deep in the family business.
It’s interesting that Jesus sought out the men the local rabbi had
rejected. Instead of targeting the best and brightest, Jesus offered
His invitation, “Follow Me,” to ordinary run-of-the-mill fishermen.
What an honor! They would become followers of the ultimate Rabbi.

Jesus
extends the same honor to you and me—not because we are the best or
brightest, but because He needs ordinary people like us to model His
life and to lovingly rescue people on His behalf. So, follow Him and
let Him make something of your life!  — Joe Stowell

As followers of Jesus
Who love Him from the heart,
We may be ordinary,
But we’ve been set apart. —Sper

Even the ordinary and the outcast can make the cut to follow Jesus.

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