Last week we had a staff member of our church who was going to have surgery. I thought it would be nice to gather around her and pray. It turned out to really be a fun time as we gathered to pray. I went down the hallways of the church trying to recruit people to come and pray for her. I simply shouted, “Come follow me.” People began to follow the crowd. I felt just like Jesus with the crowd behind me. Finally one person said, “By the way, where are we going?”
When Jesus called the first disciples I am sure that some of them got caught up in the moment and perhaps later asked, “By the way where are we going?” Jesus seems to keep those future destinations a secret. They could not handle the truth about a cross and the persecution of the first century church.
In Mark 3:13-15 we see Jesus calling the first disciples. Jesus simply calls the ordinary people of His day to come and follow Him. Jesus prays before He calls His men and then He appoints them and ordains them to the task. You may be a First Senior at First Baptist Church or a First Student, but Jesus is calling today. He is calling us all to put our faith in Him for salvation and calling us to serve Him. Let me remind you of three things we need to serve the Lord and fulfill our calling.
· We need humility – In Mark 3:17 it says that Jesus called, “James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges, which means, “Sons of Thunder.”) To be a son of thunder was not a mark of humility. They would lose their hot tempers and learn to serve humbly. We need to serve the Lord with a humble spirit.
· We need faith – To answer the call of Jesus we need great faith. In Hebrews 11:1 it says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” To follow Jesus means that we trust and obey whether we can see the end results or not. We must believe that He is working behind the scenes and for His glory.
· We need commitment – In Luke 14:27 Jesus said, “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” There is a cost in following Jesus. You may lose some so called friends. You may lose your job. You may lose your places of refuge and relaxation. God will replace all that old stuff with new stuff and better stuff.
Is Jesus calling? The answer is, “Yes” and He is calling you today. Who will you bring with you to answer the call of Jesus? Who will be your “ONE” on Easter Sunday? What one person will you pray for and help to answer the call of Jesus?
Blessings as we all hear and answer the call!
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister