Lent 2019 – The Call of Jesus

Mark 1:20, “At that very moment he called them. They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.”

Can you imagine what Zebedee felt as he watched his sons walk away with Jesus, leaving their family and responsibilities behind and walking away with a stranger telling them that they will be fishers of men.

The writer today shares his thoughts about families, commitments and answering the call of Jesus. Sometimes our personal preferences are not in alignment with our calling from the Holy Spirit. When we listen and heed the call from the Spirit, we no longer give precedence to our inner voice as it relates to careers, responsibilities, goals and the thought processes such as “that’s the way it’s always been” and to just continue moving in that direction. When we hear and heed the Spirit’s call, we see things through the lens of God’s clarity and call. Trusting in God’s lens for our lives means letting go of our preconceived ideas and even our traditions, and faithfully going where God leads.

The Lenten season is a fertile time to seek God and His plans for our lives. Through daily prayer, meditation and contemplation we can ask the sometimes hard questions, “What is God asking of me, what needs to be changed, altered or even stopped in order to wholly and completely follow Jesus? My church is focusing on a similar question as we journey through Lent. We are asking ourselves, “What can I do for a fuller, deeper relationship with God?” and “What is separating me from the fullness of God?” A guiding instruction is to try to define a word that answers those questions, such as impatience, sadness, anger, or distrust and once it’s named, prayerfully go to God with it. In addition to this, the church Elders and Ministry Teams are praying for the church and each individual on this journey. We have encouraged people to choose from preprinted cards with a word on one side and two related bible verses on the other or take a blank card and fill it in as they feel lead. Once a word is chosen, we ask people to drop a copy of the card in a basket on the floor at the foot of a raggedy wooden cross symbolizing its surrender to Jesus.

Today, I encourage you to think about any assumptions you may have about life, your life specifically and how you live it and then ask yourself, am I in alignment with what Jesus as asking of me. Is Jesus asking you to drop something or maybe to pick something up, so that you can follow where he’s leading?

May you feel the presence of God in very real ways today!

Breath Prayer: Jesus, help me…let go.