John and The Change that Began In Him:
Jesus was by the Sea of Galilee, choosing and calling men to be a part of His inner circle of friends. This group would walk with Jesus every day of His ministry. Here, among a sea of seemingly low-status men, Jesus began to call His disciples.
“Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him” (Matthew 4:21–22).
Jesus wasn’t looking for equipped men when He chose His disciples, He was looking for men He could equip. And the qualifications for Jesus’s calling? Nothing. Jesus knew John fully and loved him completely.
Jesus called John to a complete life change, not because of anything John had done or was able to do, but because Jesus loved him. Jesus does the same with each of us. He calls us to a life full of joy, not because of what we do but because of His uncontainable love for us.
1) Do you feel like you have to earn Jesus’s love? Why or why not?
2) How has God’s love changed you?
3) What is Jesus calling you to put aside so you can follow Him completely?
Final Word: Nothing that we can do can earn us a spot with Jesus and Love. We’re already there. The one thing is desired more so than anything is the ultimate change to live completely for Him. From there forth it will be Jesus in you that changes the world. One of the most extraordinary scriptures is, If You abide in me I will abide in you: The blessing is whatever we shall ask shall be done unto you.