Every week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week as we thought about the call of the first disciples.
You might feel sorry for Simon and Andrew, James and John… after all, they weren’t looking to become disciples. They hadn’t gone looking for some renowned teacher to attach themselves to.
Fishing was their business. It was what they knew. It was what earned them a living and (quite literally) put food on the table.
But then Jesus turns up, tells them to come, and that’s it. Everything changed.
You see if this is a story about four very brave men who made the bold, even radical, decision to throw their lot in with Jesus, wherever it might take them, then it’s hard to see what we might learn from it. We might admire them, but we’d never think we can be like them.
But if this is a story about Jesus calling people and then creating in them the faith that they needed to drop everything and follow him… Well then we can see how that might just have happened to us too.
[Reflecting on Mark 1.14-20]