In Mark 1:14-20, Jesus begins his ministry, but he knows if the work of God is to be accomplished on earth, he’s going to need help. He recruits Simon, Andrew, James and John to follow him. Sensing something special about Jesus, the four fishermen give up their careers and become his first disciples.
Today, Jesus is calling us. It doesn’t mean we have to abandon our lives and families like the disciples, but if we accept the call, our lives – and actions – are marked with the values of God through Jesus Christ. We need to go forward with the message of Jesus. We may not live up to the commitment of the disciples, but we can make an impact in our own way.
The love, compassion and power of God is available. God calling is calling you to pattern your life and your vocation on the imprint of Jesus Christ. Whatever God has called you to be, answer that call with faithfulness.
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
Mark 1: 14-20
Jan. 21, 2018 • 3rd Sunday After Epiphany