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Matthew 4:18-22 (NIV)
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
18 As 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.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 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, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Choose one or two key verses from the Scripture reading in Matthew today and do at least one of the following for your chosen verse(s).
A – Ask questions of the text (Who, what, why, where, when)
E – Emphasize certain words as you read the text over & over
I – In your own words (paraphrase one or more verses)
O – Other verses in the Bible that say the same or opposite
U – Use it; apply the truth from the text in your life
Lord, I pray that my days are productive, attentive and dutiful, just as your disciples were not idle when You called them to serve You. Idleness produces many evils and opens the door to the temptations of Satan. But help me to maintain balance so that activity doesn’t become the goal that distracts me from You. I pray that when You come to call me, that I will be found doing good for You. That I will be active but alert and ready at your command to leave all things to follow you in whatever you Call me to do. Amen.