Gathering Followers

19 Sep

Good Morning,

In this world of the mega church I would just like to point out that Jesus had 12 followers.  The gospels say that Jesus had crowds that followed him, and one time he sent 70 folks out on mission, but in the end there where 12.

Mark records the call of these men (yes, Mark is only concerned with the call of the fishermen, although we know there where a number of women who followed Jesus.)

14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

16-18 Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.

19-20 A dozen yards or so down the beach, he saw the brothers James and John, Zebedee’s sons. They were in the boat, mending their fishnets. Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed.

I think that God’s kingdom is here, just like Jesus said.

I wonder what we will leave behind to follow the way of Christ.  I don’t think we have to leave our jobs.  But I think it would be a good thing to leave our worry, jealousy, anger, and constant wanting of more behind; left in the rubbish pile that it is.





One Response to “Gathering Followers”

  1. Linda Rose November 8, 2016 at 4:28 am #

    I like that reminder of what we need to leave behind, Mary. Thank you! I especially need it in this election season! Peace.

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