Do not be afraid, I have good news! And it’s that Jesus is calling you to follow Him. I wanna quote out of Luke 5:9-11. It says, “For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken. And so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid. From now on you will fish for people.’ So they pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything, and followed Him.”
I’m here today to tell you that not only did Jesus call the disciples, (did He call the special speakers and the special prophets and the special?) No, He called you and He called me. He called all of us. And I know sometimes that can be a little scary, right? To think, to step out in that. And we’re doing this whole Christmas season based off of, do not be afraid, I have good news. And I just kind of wanna touch on that a little bit, because fear is something that can hold us back. And I wanna encourage you, that sometimes being brave is just doing things afraid and stepping out. And it’s when we step out into our calling, that fear starts to break off and the light starts to shine through.
And think about it. Jesus, He didn’t throw the disciples into the deep end starting off. No. He said, “Hey, put your net on the other side.” And that that was something simple. And then He said, “Come follow me.” Now, it was big. They did give up everything to follow Him, but He taught them along the way and He called them out along the way.
And so I wanna encourage you, take a look today at the things that you’ve let fear hold you back from. It might be fear of not having enough time in your day to read the word. Maybe wake up a little earlier. It might be a fear of praying for people, or of sharing the gospel with a friend or a coworker. I wanna encourage you to take the little things, just take a little step today.
Lord, I thank you from my friends. I thank you for everyone that you have called to yourself, that you’ve called people to be a light for you. Not just a special one or two or three, but everyone. And so I just pray right now that fear is broken off, and people walk in freedom and walk in light. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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