And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1: 17- 18)
This passage becomes a rallying cry in many congregations. Jesus went to ordinary people doing ordinary things and he calls them to follow him. The amazing thing is they don’t even think about it! Immediately they drop everything and they follow Jesus.
When we read this passage we imagine ourselves as the disciples. We picture ourselves hearing Jesus’ voice and then we drop everything we have and we follow Jesus. The thought of acting like the disciples and following Jesus makes us feel faithful and committed to the mission of God.
But Jesus is not the only one who says “Follow me.” There are many people, organizations, and obligations calling out to us to follow them. Because of this we become confused and we don’t know who we should follow.
We have a choice, we can follow Jesus, and we can become excited and committed to our faith. Following Jesus gives us a mindset of abundance and we learn a practice of welcome and acceptance. Or we can follow outside influences that exclude others, have a mindset of sacristy and can tear others down.
Who are you following?
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