Being called to follow Jesus is an invitation to change. A process that naturally separates us from all that we called home.
And following Jesus today
Epiphany 3B | Mark 1:14-20
What an image! A guy walks up to working fishermen and says
“Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”
And three of them just drop their nets into the sea. And then, I assume, they dive out of the boats, swim to shore, and just go with him.
And then, we look at the edge of the frame and there’s the father. His sons have ditched him. And he’s thinking “who is going to take over the family business?” It says that the brothers “left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men”. Who is he supposed to rely on now? The hourly guys?
There’s a remarkable tension here between following Jesus and responsibility. A tension we tend to avoid thinking about.
Because we want responsibility to be a sign of following Jesus—rather than an obstacle to it.
I’m here to tell you: if that’s us, we’re going to be disappointed.
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