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Being Like Jesus #003

WEEK 3: Read Mark 1:14-20

FOCUS: Meditate on the passage and write down your thoughts and observations OR do a S.O.A.P. study and select one verse to focus upon.

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  3. OR share your answer(s) to these questions: Which of Jesus' character traits stood out to you in this passage? How can you practice this Christlike trait in your own life?
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Scripture: "And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.' And immediately they left their nets and followed him." —Mark 1:17-18 [FULL CONTEXT (v. 17)]

Observation: Jesus is a compelling speaker! We don't find the account of what He did just before He called to Simon and Andrew here in Mark, but we can find it in Luke 5:1-11. Jesus had been teaching from Simon Peter's moored boat, using it as a stage of sorts. After these men heard Him speak, Jesus asked them to go out onto the lake and fish where they had previously found nothing.

Once they finally obey Him, they find themselves overwhelmed by a great abundance of fish. They were amazed that what Jesus said would happen came true. Then Jesus pops the question, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Because Jesus had just proved He was a man of His word, they knew they could trust Him, and they left immediately at His call.

Application: Jesus was compelling because He proved to be true to His word. He is "full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). He is truth itself (John 14:6). Everyone who belongs to the truth knows Jesus' voice (John 18:37). We ought to live our lives as ones who belong to the truth too—striving to be truth-tellers and live in honest ways. We should work on having a reputation of integrity by keeping our commitments and promises and correcting any falsehoods we might allow into conversations—whether on purpose or by accident.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that you are trustworthy, always honest, and full of integrity. Help me to always express the truth and uphold the truth. Let me be known for my honesty and consistency. Keep even the smallest of lies off my tongue. I pray these things your name. Amen.

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