Its a slightly cooler day here today. I’m not long back from a short walk where I was “cogitating” some thoughts in my head, asking that the Father transfer any truth of those thoughts to my heart, so that then my witnessing for Him will not only be a sometimes speaking in words of the truth of who I believe Jesus to be, but that my actions will also “speak a sermon” to those who I might bump into.
Before I went out I was reading part of Mark chapter one, and not for the first time, I was struck with, both the expectation from Jesus that these ordinary fishermen, would obey His call to “follow me,” and their “at once” obedience in doing so…
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay, he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. (Mark 1:16-20)
So here’s some of what I was “cogitating.”
What was it those fishermen saw in Jesus that made them so readily drop everything to go follow Him “at once?” Had they perhaps heard Him speak by the seashores another day, and so thus had some idea of who He was? Had they perhaps been a witness to the day when at His baptism the heavens parted and God spoke from heaven His affirmation that He was so pleased with His Son, Jesus? (Mark 1: 9-11) Was there such an authority in Jesus’ voice that saying “no” was not an option? Were they just a bunch of lads tired of doing the same thing day in day out who were ready for an adventure? Honestly? I don’t know. I’m not a bible scholar, so I don’t know the answer to these questions. What I do know is that once again as I read these words I am challenged by several things.
- Am I expectant every day that Jesus might interrupt my ordinary spaces, to ask me to step into unknown boundary spaces?
- Am I willing to be an “at once” follower, or is the truth not more often that “I will follow you Lord…….once I sort things out here, and the conditions are better!”
- Do I regularly take time to “be still” within my ordinary spaces, to hear His words of authority spoken to my heart?
- Am I also willing to, like Zebedee did, not “go at once” but rather stay where I’m at while others perhaps go off on an adventure?
Another thing which has been on my heart of late and which in many ways ties in with the above questions was when I read recently this verse,
“Then the soldiers knelt down and pretended to worship Him. (Jesus) “Matthew 27:29
And so an extra question to those above is…..
- How often do I, with an outward show of kneeling, pretend to worship without truly, honestly, allowing Him to be Lord of all?
And so we pray…..
“Father our whole life is but a series of steps taken on a journey. Steps we can choose to take, or not! Make us wise in taking the time to listen out for you, to perhaps hear your voice calling to us, and the Lord we ask for courage if your calling asks us to leave our ordinary to step into some unknown for the sake of sharing the gospel, both with our words and by our actions. Like the Psalmist asks in Psalm 139, we too ask, search us “Oh God and see where we might be “pretending to worship” and then in your grace lead us forward in a more honest manner, mindful Lord that you who inhabit every space we are in, take us as we are, while yet loving us too much not to change us, as you bring to completion all you’ve begun in us. (Philippians 1:6) Thank you, Father. Amen. ”
Yours in Him,
As a PS for those who follow my story, our story, I’m delighted to write that we are on a countdown now till we get to hug our lovely, brave, tender-hearted son when he will visit us for a few days at the end of August.