Today, I’m thinking about the story in Mark 1:14-20, when Jesus walks along the seashore and finds Andrew and Simon, James and John. They are fishermen by trade.
James and John are apparently in business with their Father, Zebedee. Mark tells us that when Jesus invited them to come with him, to follow him, and told them he would make them “fishers of people” they dropped everything and followed. They dropped their nets and they left their boats. And, in the case of James and John, they left their father sitting there in the boat. Mark says they immediately left it all. (We discover as we continue reading Mark that he loves the word immediately. Perhaps that might be a good topic for a blog!)
So, today I’m wondering why. What was it about Jesus that would compel these fishermen to leave their business, and their father, and go off with this man named Jesus? Yes, he was preaching good news about the kingdom of God, but if someone came along preaching those things to me, I would probably want to do a lot of research. I would want a background check.
I’d love to hear some comments from those who are reading this, my very first blog. I’m excited about this new place where I can do something I love to do ... write. I’m thankful for 5 Block Radius – a great new business established by Craig Powell. Without his help I would still be trying to figure it out!
I hope to hear your thoughts. Peace and grace!
I am a woman with many interests, yet most of them flow into what is my source of life, my very breath, the reason I do what I do. I am Called. That means, for me, I have experienced a call on my life to serve as a pastor to God’s people. In that calling I love to write, to speak, to lead, and to teach. My deepest desire is to pass on to others what I have experienced in my own journey of grace. I am human, and in that humanity I have known passion and joy, sin and disgrace. Yet, in God’s love I have known nothing but love and redirection and total grace.