Jesus, Mulan and Me
“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. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
– Matthew 4:18-19
During the quarantine, Disney+ has become one of my family’s favorite apps. We love introducing our son to movies we loved as kids. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made him watch “Oliver and Company” just so I can belt the songs along with Billy Joel. We really have viewed a lot of different movies over the past few weeks, including the original 90s animated classic “Mulan”.
When we got to my favorite song in the movie, I couldn’t get past the first chorus because my minster brain was becoming overwhelmed with thoughts. I love the song “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” and can’t help but sing along whenever I hear it. This time was different. During the song, you see a montage of all the training Shang is placing his troops through to help them become the men they need to be to protect their country. Shang is telling his men, through Donny Osmond’s golden pipes, that he will make a man out of each of them. It wasn’t immediate; it wasn’t a simple process, but Shang would continue to work alongside and lead his troops to become who they needed to be.
This made me think about more “I will” statements, and I landed on Matthew 4. Jesus said to the brothers “I will make you fishers of men.” It was immediate; it wasn’t a simple process, but Jesus would continue to work alongside and lead these brothers to become who they needed to be. Discipleship is not a sticker or name tag we put on. It’s not a VIP badge. Becoming a disciple, or fisher of men, is an ongoing, multistep process that is not immediate. It takes work and training. Luckily, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us. Where Mulan had Shang, we have the Holy Spirit. If we will listen to His leading, follow after Him and seek His goodness and knowledge, then He will make us into what He needs us to be.
Pray: God, Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to lead me. Help me and remind me to listen to You and Your guidance. Make me into who you need me to be.
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