Devotion 1/3/11

Mark 1:19-20 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

A short walk along the shore and only a moment after He called Peter and Andrew, Jesus came across James and John. James and John worked within the family business alongside their father, Zebedee. As Jesus approached, they were preparing their nets and hoping for a good day of fishing. As Jesus looked upon them, He offered the the same opportunity as He did Peter and Andrew, the opportunity to follow Him. James and John immediately left their father and began their journey with Jesus, a journey that would not only change their lives but also the lives of those who crossed their paths. As we try to understand the urgency James and John felt as they left their lives behind to follow Jesus, we often forget about their father, whom they left sitting in the boat. Zebedee must have been astonished with the actions of his sons. He must have been filled with, in the least, a minute amount of anger as they just walked away from their responsibilities. We can only hope that one day he came to understand their actions; but even if he didn’t, James and John could rest at heart, for they made the right decision. Following Jesus is a choice that comes with consequences. As we leave behind the norm to follow Him, many will question our motives. As long as our lives point to the Savior, however, we can hope that one day they will see and embrace our reasoning.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me be convinced about others, but never allow their opinions to pull me from Your presence.

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment