Friday, March 7, 2014

Lent Day #3 - Mark 1:16-20 #Lent2014

This post is one in a series of reflections for Lent.  I invite you to go back and read the previous reflections.

Jesus has just left the wilderness and he had begun his earthly ministry.  He encounters Peter and Andrew at the Sea of Galilee.  He calls them to join his ministry.  His call is a call for a break in their normal life.  He calls them to drop everything they are doing, and follow him.  He is calling them to abandon their own livelihood for the sake of his call.  This is going to be for them an entire new type of life for the both of them.  This is the same call that God gives us today.  God calls us out of the everyday.  He expects us to abandon our own pursuits to follow him.  He may not expect us to abandon our careers and livelihood for his sake, but he does call us to submit those endeavours to his authority.  From conversion forward, our first concern should be the Kingdom of God.  Our careers and personal lives become more than they were before.  Our lives now become opportunities to serve and spread the message of God.  We may work in secular profession, but we are placed by the power of God to be a godly influence in our work place.  Where we may have worked for ourselves before, now we work and do all things in order to bring glory to God.  It is a complete turn around of our motivation in this life.  We are promised that if we will submit our life to this path, that God will provide blessings to us.  He has something bigger and greater for us, than if we were to continue in our own strength.  We walk forward in a new-found humility.  We have submitted our wills to God.  We realize our own weakness, and recognize the greater power of God.  We bow our heads in submission to our creator.  In this way we walk forward in this new-found humility and faith.

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