Daily Devotion – January 27, 2018

Mark 1:16-20


Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Walking along the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea – for they were fishers.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”  And immediately they left their nets and followed him.  And going on a little farther, Jesus saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.  Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired help, and followed him.*


Devotion by Julia Shiver

What was it about Jesus, a carpenter, that he called to these men and they dropped everything – job, family, to follow him.  What was it about these men that they would drop everything – job, family, to follow him?  What did Jesus see in these men to even call them?

Lots of questions, but not many answers.  If I were on that shore, would Jesus have picked me?  Would I have what he was looking for in a disciple?

Even more importantly, would I, could I, have left everything I had ever known to follow this man?  I have been called into discipleship with Jesus.  I have been called into ministry with Jesus.  God has been with me every step of the way.

What would I do if Christ asked me to leave everything I knew and loved to follow him?


*The New Testament and Psalms:  An Inclusive Version.

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