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There’s nothing like a sense of urgency to get folks moving. An emergency causes immediate action.

Placing faith in Christ is not the result of emergency, but immediate opportunity! What do these next moments provide – right now – for you in your journey as a believer?

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Listen

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Mark 1:16-18

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Think

What are some of your favorite things to do? Do you like to draw, play sports, take care of your friends, or travel to different countries?

Often, when we think of following Jesus, we have images in our heads of being sent away to become missionaries in the depths of Africa, preaching even though speaking in front of others or traveling is just "not our thing."

But Jesus reminds us, as we learn through today's story about Simon and Andrew, that we are called exactly as God created us. Simon and Andrew liked to fish. It was their job. Jesus told them that, as they followed him, they'd still fish, but it would look a little bit different.

Consider offering up to God some of your talents today, even if you don't think they are important or useful at all. I bet, as you do, you'll be surprised soon about how God wants to use you for great things just as you are!

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

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Pray

Jesus, today, I thank you for the gifts and talents and interests you have given me. Help me to learn how to use them in ways that please you more each day. Amen.

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Go

As we work together with him we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Evans Hagan is pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. She regularly blogs about the art of pastoring and the adventure of faith at Preacher on the Plaza . Elizabeth is married to Kevin, and together they enjoy watching as many movies as possible and planning their next vacation, preferably to somewhere with a beach.

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