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“Come to me,” Jesus says, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

Life moves. One day spills into the next in a dizzying array of unfinished tasks. From the seemingly mundane to the excruciatingly complex, life is filled with responsibilities that we should, or must, do. Somewhere in the midst of this chaos it’s likely that the demands of Jesus upon kingdom citizens get lost—discarded among the various rivals that vie for our affection and attention.

Take Mondays, for example. Your day is likely a lot like mine—filled with objectives to complete, meetings to attend, calls to return, bills to pay, and, well, blogs to read. It’s not that any of these are bad. They’re often necessary realities of life. Some we’ve brought upon ourselves. Others, like unexpected emergencies, have chosen us.

In the midst of the shuffle, we’re prone to listen to the clarion call of Jesus’ mandate for his people and assume that we will get around to it one day. “Come to me,” Jesus says, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). This is not merely an invitation for first-century disciples, but the expected life mission of all who opt in to Jesus’ kingdom invitation.

We’re to give our lives away to follow Jesus by seeking those who are lost, broken, wounded, and helpless. All of Jesus’ people are “ministers of reconciliation,” pleading with men and women to call on Jesus in repentance and faith (2 Cor. 5:18).

The expectation is clear, yet it’s also clear that this mission often gets pressed to the margins of the weekly to-do list of many who claim to be a disciple of Jesus, pastors included.

As with every area of life, change begins when we start to reshape our priorities and bring them in line with God’s …

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