Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Week of: January 21, 2018
Scripture: Mark 1:14-20

Follow me and I will make you fish for people.
(Mark 1:17, NRSV)


We hear again the familiar story of Jesus calling the fishermen with the words, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people" (Mark 1:17, NRSV). The beginning of Jesus' public ministry included gathering together a close circle of friends; not a planning team or task force, but friends — ones who would follow him, hang out with him. He needed the kind of friends who would be in relationship with him.

I recall reading somewhere this impactful statement: Before we are called to do anything, we are first called into relationship — to fall in love with Jesus. "Follow me," we hear Jesus say to Simon and Andrew and to us. Follow me, love me, be my friend and then I’ll make you into one who preaches, teaches, sings, dances, directs, creates ...

I don't know what's on your "To Do" list today ... perhaps a worship team meeting, sermon writing, anthem selection, ensemble preparation, visual proclamation planning ... the many creative and mundane ways we are called to "fish for people." But before the doing begins, take a moment to remember that you were first called by name to follow, to love, to be a friend of Jesus. Taking the time to be with Jesus will make the doing far more fruitful and joy-filled!


Jesus, dearest friend, help me to follow you, love you, and be your friend today. Amen.

Nancy Hastings HornsbyNancy Hastings Hornsby
Pastor and Retreat Leader
North Alabama Conference of The UMC
Tuscaloosa, AL



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