On-call

One a.m. the phone rings. Nothing good ever comes from one o’clock in the morning phone calls. Fortunately, we know that ninety-nine percent of the time it’s Dustin’s employer. Every few weeks or so he is in a rotation for the on-call schedule at his job. For seven straight days, he can get called out to work no matter the time of day or what our agenda may say. Now while we understand this schedule and it comes as no surprise to us, it still manages to be super inconvenient at times.  He’s been called out during the late night hours or when we’ve been engrossed in family movie night, while grilling a tasty pork steak or on a date night, and even during ball games. We know it’s part of his job, and he must be available, but it can still be extremely inconvenient.

As I was thinking about his job, I couldn’t help but think about our call as Christ followers. A couple of men by the names of Peter and Andrew came to mind. Go with me for a moment to the book of Matthew.

As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea since they were fishermen. “Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people!” (Matthew 4:18-19)

So here we have two fishermen out doing their thing, living their life, and enjoying their day on the sea when Jesus shows up and changes everything. How inconvenient, am I right!? Their job is catching fish. What in the world is this man thinking, asking them to fish for men? Crazy, right? But here I am, entirely relating to this inconvenience too often. Jesus has called us to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15) When he says the world, he means the grocery store, your cranky neighbor, the local church, the local homeless family, those you pass by day in and day out, your co-worker’s, and your family and friends. Occasionally, those places are far from where you are from and even places beyond your imagination. The world is wherever you are. He wants you to be available.

I can imagine the men looked at Jesus like he’d lost his mind, I know I would have. But verse twenty says, “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Immediately, they were available. They didn’t want to miss an opportunity to follow this Jesus they had likely been hearing about. Can I confess? I recently lost a chance to show God’s love because it was inconvenient. I wasn’t available when God called, and the sad thing was, I was in the middle of the most incredible worship concert. I had no excuse for not following Jesus when He called. Truth is,  I was more concerned with how I may look than with making Jesus famous. I ignored the call.

Are you available? Are you going into all the world, your world, like He’s asked us to do? Are you moving, immediately, when He calls you out to bring Him glory? God is always creating opportunities for us to reach people, to bring Him honor and glory, but we must decide if we will seize the opportunities we see. Will you answer the call, will you go?

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

 

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