Friday, July 10, 2015

The Want To~

His answer was simple enough. Or, was it?

Driving home from work, I hit the scan button on my radio. A few short seconds later I found myself listening to NPR (not my usual choice, by the way) and eavesdropping on a conversation between two gentlemen. I had landed on this station just in time to hear the host of this radio show ask the following question:

"So what kind of qualifications does one need in order to succeed in your line of work?"

The man being interviewed simply responded, "the want to".

I was hooked. I quickly reached for the scan button again. They had my complete attention.

The interview continued and so did my curiosity. As I listened, I speculated about what occupation they might be referring to. Imagine my surprise when I finally figured out what this man did for a living. Any guesses?

According to this gentleman, if you have the "want to", you, too, can become a.........drum roll, please........... professional rodeo clown!

I had to smile. Of all the occupations that had popped into my mind, I have to admit professional rodeo clown was not one of them. But then, it all started to come into focus. Having the "want to" made perfect sense.

I have a feeling if this radio host had been interviewing any one of the twelve disciples, they too, may have responded with the exact same answer.

Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, "Come with me. I'll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I'll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass." They didn't ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed. Matthew 4:18-20, The Message

Were any of these men qualified to be a disciple of the Most High God? What did they themselves even know about God? How could they possible lead others to God? And yet, Jesus called them into service and they took Him up on His invitation. They had the "want to" and that was all they needed.

What about you?

What about me?

Over my lifetime, I have passed up many God-given invitations simply because I felt I was unqualified? I have a feeling you have, too. Like me, you have probably heard the voice of Jesus calling you to follow Him into a new place, a new career, a new direction, a new life and yet, you opted to stay put, right where you were. You may still be in this same, seemingly "safe", spot today.

The disciples could easily have talked themselves out of this new calling. After all, they each already had an occupation. They were each already knee-deep in their livelihood. Peter and Andrew knew how to fish and they were good at it. Matthew not only knew how to collect taxes for the government, but for his own pocket, as well. These men weren't listening for the knock of opportunity. They weren't looking to "find themselves". They weren't looking for God. Yet, when the knock came and  the door to a new life in Christ was opened before them, they took the leap of faith and jumped in with both feet.

They were caught....hook, line and sinker.

Why? Because they were qualified? No. Simply because they had the want to.

The Jesus who gave these fishermen the invitation of a lifetime is the same Jesus who calls out to you today.
 He is still looking for people;

people who are willing to follow,


people who have the want to.

Determination
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When Jesus calls you, He is not looking at your qualifications. The one who created you knows better than you what you were created to do. The one who formed you in your mother's womb knows better than you that for which you were formed.  And He's calling you to follow.......

Will you?

All you need to have is the "want to".







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