Drop Everything and Follow Jesus?

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 1:16-20

Sometimes our familiarity with Bible stories blinds us to how strange and improbable they are. Take this story, for instance. Jesus says, “follow me,” and the disciples leave their boats and follow him. A mid-life career change, just like that. Would you abandon your livelihood at the drop of a hat? Would you quit your job to follow a stranger?

“But that stranger was God’s Son,” you say. True. But the disciples didn’t know that at the time. That discovery came later. Why do the disciples leave their boats and follow Jesus? Perhaps because they are led by the Spirit of God. When Jesus said “Follow me,” they felt they had to follow. God’s Spirit was at work in them, leading, tugging.

Notice that everything in the story starts with Jesus. The fishermen don’t find him at the seaside; he finds them. They don’t notice him; he notices them first. Before they speak, he speaks. The disciples may think they are volunteers, but they are not. Abruptly they are called to duty. They have been selected to serve. As Jesus once said to his disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16).

PRAYER Spirit of the Living God, call me to follow Jesus, for in his service is my joy, and in his will is my peace. Amen.