On Sunday, I asked “what did you want to be when you grew up?” The question of how to spend your life is never completely solved for most people. When we hear about the first disciples’ calling, it can be easy to think that if you’re not ready to give up everything to follow Jesus, you are doing it wrong. But a fuller picture of all the ways Jesus calls people into his mission reveals that each person – at every stage of life – is called. Jesus doesn’t wall off our service to God from the rest of our lives. And it’s not the case that you can either be a disciple of Jesus OR a good fisherman.
God called a few people to follow him but he also left others to fish. God calls us in our wholeness, so that in a variety of ways we spend our lives, we can glorify God.
This Sunday, I will preach on the surprising list of blessings called the Beatitudes. By proclaiming some of the most downtrodden people “blessed,” Jesus confers dignity and God’s favor on them.
I don’t think Jesus is giving us a to-do list, as in ‘try to be poorer in spirit’, or ‘take on more grief.’ I do think, however, he is urging us to see with new eyes. I’ll preach about the surprising ways God’s blessing comes into this world, and the surprising people who have access to God’s joy.
Be at Peace,