We are two weeks into our face paced, action oriented road trip through the book of Mark. You will recall that the book was written to people who had the courage to ask : What Difference Does Connecting With Jesus Make in My Everyday Life? It was written for people just like us. People who had never seen Jesus face to face. They learned about him second hand. Just like us!
Two keywords in the book are immediately & straightway. Their needs or their response required immediate action.
Today we look at the following story.
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon Peter & his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me & I will show you how to fish for people!” . And they left their nets at once & followed him.
A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James & John. They were in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once. They also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
These were business men. Seemingly successful business men. They were fishermen.
James & John worked with their father & had employees. Peter was married with children. His mother-in-law & his brother Andrew lived with them .
They didn’t give up their day jobs to follow Jesus. In fact, Jesus used many of their resources to travel. Fishing was a mainstay of the economy in Palestine.
People understood fishing & fisherman . Many of the stories Jesus told featured fish, fishing & fishermen.
They were real people:
- with real responsibilities
- with real questions
- with real struggles
- seeking real answers
The four fisherman chose to take time out from their daily work. They took time out from their daily responsibilities to spend time with Jesus.
When they heard Jesus calling they dropped everything . They quit what they were doing & came to spend time with him.
I suspect that our struggles are similar to their struggles.
- how do I provide for my family this month?
- fear for the future robs me of sleep.
- I want to connect with Jesus. How do I do that ?
- where do I find the time?
I Need Help & I Need It Now!
We Connect with Jesus Through What is Called Prayer
Both of Us Get to Listen. Both of Us Get to Speak
Here are some quotes from author Ed Cyzewski.
The Holy Spirit has been given to you because you have not been abandoned as an orphan.
Our struggle is to make room in our lives to receive God’s Love & to hear God speak.
Prayer is orienting our minds & our hearts toward God .
Prayer is as simple as beginning to turn your heart toward God.
Ed also says:
Are you orienting yourself toward God ? Are you keeping yourself open for God to speak?
Celebrate each time you turn to God in prayer. Banish from from your mind any fears of failure. If you can sit still & make an honest attempt to listen for 5 minutes you have already prayed.
If you have read this far in this email, you have already left your work & connected with Jesus.
You responded to the Immediate Action Required. You have already prayed. What happens next is up to Him.
What are you saying to me through this story?
Jesus I ………….
The four fisherman went public . Everyone saw them leave work & follow Jesus.
Every time you open the email, Jesus sees your heart, your need & your response.
Can you go a step further ? Can you connect with me at email@example.com.
Even if it’s just an emoticon or two. Sad, mad or glad you can make your prayer public. I will join with your prayer.
God Hears & God Smiles