As I was reading the verses today, I could not help but to think of the men that Jesus chose. They were not the most religious, in fact some were just the opposite of the religious. Just think, these men that Jesus needed were going to change the world, and He had 3 years to train and release these men.
These men were just like you and I. They had certain personality traits, they had a job or trade that they performed, maybe they liked it, maybe they did not. These were just ordinary men. But, Jesus used them, each different, to help with His work.
When Jesus called each man, He did not ask them to change their personality. He did not come to Peter and say, "I need you, but Peter, you have to tone it down a little bit. You need to be a little more passive". He knew every man's trait and used it to His glory. All that Jesus asked was to simply; follow Him.
Jesus knows you. He knows what you like and dislike. He knows if you like to be in front of people, or stay behind the scenes. He knows if you are outspoken or very quiet. Yes, he knows you better than you do. Now here is the neat thing, Jesus does not ask you to change. He wants you just like you are. He can use you just like you are. Jesus knew Mathew's traits, he knew that he was a details guy. And He used him to write an amazing book of the Bible.
Have you heard Jesus call? If you have, are you trying to change to be someone Jesus could use more effectively? If you know that you do not like to be around people, are you trying to force yourself to be around people? DON'T. Jesus wants you just like you are, and He will use you to do amazing things, just like you are. All you need to do is to heed His call to follow Him, and give Him your entire heart, then hang on, for the ride of your life!!!
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.