Title: The Invitation
Author: Randy Tomko

To be a follower of Christ is to accept an invitation from him to stop rebelling and to become part of the Kingdom of God – a movement that has and continues to transform the world. It is to have your life radically transformed and to draw others into the same movement!

Even if you’ve accepted that invitation, how closely do you walk with Jesus? Are you on the fringes of relationship or in step alongside him? At arm’s length? Falling behind?

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

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.

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Matthew 4:17-23 (NIV)