Mark 1:16–20

One principle of spiritual leadership I’ve become convinced of over the years is that vision becomes contagious. Something down inside us admires a person who stretches our faith by doing things that are filled with vision. Initially, such actions might appear to be foolish. The vision that is communicated seems fraught with impossibilities.

So much of what we undertake lacks vision. We succumb to small thinking, and our plans are reduced to the “feasible” and measured. But God’s desire for us is that we see life differently. He has a God-sized vision for all of us.

Jesus had a vision for some simple fishermen who were stuck in the routine of a powerless life:

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore, Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men (Mark 1:16–20).

Those fishermen thought too small. Yet when they encountered Jesus, the Creator of the universe, all that changed. Suddenly, they found themselves at the centre of God’svision for reaching the world.

Do you have a vision for reaching out to others in need? That’s His vision for you and for your family, plain and simple. Will you make it yours?

A good start might be one random act of kindness each week. Warning: it could become contagious.


Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord ... Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright ©2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.