Common Sense Daily Devotional Preview

Saturday’s are meant to be service days, but I know how easily it can be to get caught up in the busyness of life and miss the opportunity to serve. I have been extremely busy beginning a new career. This first Saturday off for me will be spent finally putting away all our Christmas decor around the house, and finishing the first part of the print version of this devotional. So in these Devotional journals, I wrote them for those in America that are lucky enough to have a set, regular Monday through Friday work week. For those privileged to have that type of schedule, I challenge you to put your weekends toward something more, toward building a lasting legacy by volunteering in your community on Saturday’s and being more involved with Church on Sunday.

January 4

18As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the lake for they were fishermen.  19”Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”  20At once they left their nets and followed him.(Matthew 4:18-20)

“Give a man a fish; you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish; you feed him for life”  This famous quote by the Spanish philosopher Maimonides always comes to mind when I read those two verses above from Matthew 4.  And when you know how the story ends with Simon Peter, you have to smile knowing that Jesus did exactly what He said He would and sent His disciples out to fish for many, many people.

You too are equipped to fish for people and help reel them into the truth, the way, and the life.  I’m a horrible angler for actual fish.  I think I have maybe caught five fish my whole life.  On the other hand, my wife is blessed with the ability to throw any hook in a body of water and somehow snag a prize (obviously her greatest catch was snagging me as her husband…  even more obvious than that is the fact that I knew she would be reading this, so I had to put it here).  You may or may not be a great fishermen of fish, but you have a great field guide and resource book to become a fisher of people in the Holy Bible.  You don’t have to know the Good Book by heart to make a difference; you just need to know how to love and to point people to Jesus, and to do that you just need to always keep Jesus in your heart.  Love is the net that can catch the most fish.

Reading plan:  Matthew Chapter 5

Deeper reading plan:  add on Genesis Chapters 11-17

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and ask God for the courage to be an expert angler.

Fitness challenge:  14 minutes of cardio:  walk, run, bike, swim (for you Floridians)

Day of Service 1:  I hope you found a local outreach because today is your first day of service for the year.  Get out and do some good!  Write down any notes or goals for serving in your own personal journal.

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