You Don’t Belong in the Cornfield

SERIES – How to Win When You Don’t Fit in

Matthew 4:18-22 KJV

18   And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

19   And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20   And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

21   And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

22   And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

To be stuck in place means to not have a path for upward mobility.

How did the Scarecrow get stuck in place?

  1. The system put him there for purposes of exploitation.

Appropriations for Education

  • For Black Alabamians was $00.32
  • For White Alabamians was $15.00
  • It’s hard to fight crows and build careers at the same time.
  • He had straw for brains.

Acts 4:13 NCV – The Jewish leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak, and they understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed. Then they realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 GNV – The members of the Council were amazed to see how bold Peter and John were and to learn that they were ordinary men of no education. They realized then that they had been companions of Jesus.

Fishing for fish vs. fishing for men

It takes:

  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Positioning

Mending nets vs. Torn nets

  • The ordinary wear
  • Encountered a jagged obstacle in the sea
  • An abundance of fish

How to get out of the cornfield? We must discover new:

I. Potential

John 1:42 GNV – Then he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “Your name is Simon son of John, but you will be called Cephas.” (This is the same as Peter and means “a rock.”)

No one knows your full potential but God.

Matthew 10:1-2 NIV1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

II. Priorities

Critical Questions

  1. Who am I?
  2. Why am I here?
  3. What matters most?
  4. What matters least?

III. Power

  • Cancel your past
  • Conquer your problems
  • Change your personality

John 15:8 NIV – This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

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