His call was simple: "Come, follow me." And with that, Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, and James and his brother John, left behind everything and followed Jesus. (Mark 1:16-20) Why? If you try to find an answer in the heart and character of these men, you’ll search in vain. How often did Peter speak and act impulsively? How often did James and John show that they earned the unflattering nicknames "sons of thunder"? How often was Andrew, with the others, rebuked for having little faith? Don’t focus your attention on these men and what they left behind to follow Jesus. Focus your attention on the One who called them. Focus on Jesus’ gracious initiative to call seriously flawed sinners like them, sinners like you and me. He calls you with the same compelling message: "The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15)
CONSIDER HIM WHO CALLS YOU – the One who left everything behind for you. He is the One who left the realms of heaven to enter the slums of this world for you. He is the One who worked every waking moment to perfectly obey His Father’s will, not because it was convenient or comfortable, but because of His passionate love to save you. He is the One who willfully went to the cross to suffer divine wrath, not because He enjoyed pain and suffering, but because of His selfless love to die for your sin in your place. He is the One who took your shame and guilt upon Himself so you would be forgiven and saved. THIS is the One who calls you! The good news of who Jesus is and what He came to do is the reason why the disciples didn’t let time or livelihood or family or even safety be an excuse not to follow Him. This same good news unburdens you from sin, rescues you from guilt, and changes your life. This same good news makes you a follower of Jesus. Let us share this good news and the call of Jesus with others.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.