DayBreaks for 7/25/18: What Will He Call You?
NOTE: Galen is on vacation this week and may be unable to respond to email.
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:
Two brothers, laboring together under the sun, the glare of that orb dancing off the surface of the lake nearly blinds them as they pull in their nets. The sweat is beaded on their brow, their clothes smell of fish, their tunics are soaked with perspiration. The muscles in their arms are corded and well defined from years of physical labor, casting and hauling nets over and over and over.
All their lives they only thought they’d be fishermen. They worked with their father as was often the case in that time, and he, too, was a fisherman. It was the company business, and their hopes were to continue to live simply and make a decent living to feed their growing families. They were most likely very simple men who were content with a simple home and family, a boat that didn’t leak and nets that were filled with shiny, writhing fish. They were the sons of Zebedee, better known as John and James. Good, solid citizens, good fathers, good workers.
Then, one day, Jesus was walking along the lake and called Peter and Andrew to be disciples. Then he saw this second pair of brothers and he invited them to join him, too. Jesus must like fishermen and the kind of hearts that they have. After all, he wanted people who could fish for men and women.
After spending some time with Jesus, we’re told in Mark 3:17 that Jesus calls them by another moniker, “the sons of thunder.” Who were these men? Were they simple fishermen or were they sons of thunder? I’m convinced that Jesus called them that because he saw who and what they really were. The “sons of thunder” was their real identity – it was their real nature. They might look to everyone else like fishermen who have forgotten how to fish and who are not working, but to Jesus, they were the “sons of Thunder!”
Revelation 2:17 (NASB) says He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. What’s the point? Jesus sees all of us – past all the external trappings, the family names, the things we do – and sees who we really are. And some day, we’ll know the name that He has for us.
Until then, it might be worth asking ourselves, “If Jesus picks a name for me based on what I’m really like, what would that name be?”
PRAYER: It is good to remember, Lord, that you see us as we are, not as we wish we were or hope to someday be like! Thank You that You see us as completed beings of glory rather than simply creatures who have cast Your glory aside. We wait, Lord, with anticipation, to know our new names! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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