While we’re out on the road, we try to get in a bible study before shows. To be honest, we don’e get to do it before every show, sometimes we cut it close with the time we have before soundcheck. The way we usually do it is one of us finds a verse we’d like to share and reads it out loud to the group. Then Jeremi or I will read the same passage from The Message translation to see if we can pull something different away from it. Then we all read it again quietly to ourselves. After that we’ll discuss with each other what the passage means to us and how we can relate to it.
A few days ago, Scott chose the passage and it really hit home for me so I wanted to share it with you fine folks. We read from Matthew 4:18-22. Here it is from The Message translation:
“Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed. A short distance down the beach they came upon another pair of brothers, James and John, Zebedee’s sons. These two were sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their fishnets. Jesus made the same offer to them, and they were just as quick to follow, abandoning boat and father.”
These four men that Jesus found were willing to give up their lives, everything they knew, to follow him. Think about it. Fishing was everything to them, how they ate and earned a living. Their careers. They left that and their families behind to follow someone they had never met before. That kind of blind faith is hard to come by these days. Myself included. All of us in Philmont believe that being a part of this band is where we’re called to be, as our ministry. That doesn’t mean that it’s never hard for us. Sometime’s when thing’s aren’t going the way we think they should be going, it gets us down and makes us think that maybe this isn’t where we’re supposed to be anymore. I’m sure a lot of you can relate. That’s not the way it should work. Since this is where we truly believe we’re called to be, nothing else should matter. We all should be able to follow with the blind faith that Peter, Andrew, James, and John had. And even though that’s a lot easier said than done.. It would make our lives so much easier if we could share that mindset.