Thursday, November 10, 2011

Words in Red (2)

The second “words in red” in the Gospel of Mark are these found in Mark 1:17, "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people."  There are two necessary things we learn from Jesus in these words in red.

First, Jesus’ call in the Gospels is found in a simple two word invitation... “Follow me.”  Sometimes we can get overwhelmed when we look at the Great Commandment, Great Commission, the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), coupled with all of the teachings, commands, and parables of Jesus.  Where do we start?  Is it even possible to do everything Jesus wants us to do?  Ultimately, Jesus’ call is a simple one, “Follow me.”  He doesn’t say, “Follow me perfectly.”  He knows we can’t.  That’s what His grace is for.  But Jesus does call us to do is follow.  And you will never go wrong when you submit and follow Him.

Second, Jesus invites us into a spiritual calling. Peter and Andrew were good fisherman.  It’s what they did for a living.  No doubt they continued to fish even after following Jesus to help provide for their families.  But Jesus had more for them than just a lifetime of fishing.  Their obedience to Jesus’ call allowed these simple fishermen to change the world.  Jesus has more than just survival in mind for you.  The abundant life He’s given you is meant to make an impact for eternity.

Each Thursday at 7PM I am teaching The Life of Christ class in the sanctuary at Christian Life Church.  Nursery and children's ministry is available.  All are welcome to attend.  In fact, why don’t you invite someone to come to class with you?