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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of January 26-February 2, 2020: “I Will Make You” … Mt. 4:18-22
“So … what are you going to do with your life?” You may well have been asked that question having to do with the future direction of your life. This question often makes it seem as if your future success is “all up to you”. In view of this, haven’t you had your share of tension, anxiety, and frustration trying to figure out what lies ahead for you?
If you’ve ever gone through this quandary, the Lord has some challenging and yet comforting words for you. They come from the calling of the brothers Peter and Andrew and then James and John where Jesus says, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Yes, the very Lord who gives you eternal life as His free gift (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9), has already planned out your future ahead (Ephesians 2:10)!
“I will make you”: This literally means, “I will construct you” as Jesus is your master builder who has uniquely designed you to fulfill a purpose that only you can carry out. As it was with those first disciples, you will, in whatever role He calls you to play, carry out the even greater role of being “fishers of men”. Here, you will show others Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord so that they would have eternal life. Truly, this greater role is meant to part of every Christian’s “DNA”.
“I will make you”: On your own, you would continually encounter tension, anxiety, and frustration as you try to discern your future direction. But thankfully, in these words of Jesus, you encounter the one who will keep on loving you, forgiving you, and building you for what you are meant to become in your life here and in life eternal.
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