Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


April 11, 2011

Discipleship implies, if not, requires change.  Yes?  Meaning the Spirit of Christ transform us, and we conform to the image, the way of Christ.  That means it changes us, yes?

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people."  At once they left their nets and followed him.
                                                  - Mark 1:19,20 TNIV
To follow Jesus resulted in Simon and Andrew giving up fishing, and turning to follow Jesus.  Reading on in this story, James and John do the same thing, and leave their dad, Zebedee, alone in the fishing boat.  Is there any meaning here for us?  It's safe to conclude NOT that to be a disciple of Jesus means quitting one's job and changing one's career.  Not necessarily.  Millions since this story carried on as butchers, bakers, candlestickmakers, AND faithful followers of Jesus Christ.  So what?
Change.  That's it.  At the very least to follow Christ requires of us all a significant change.  Jesus is in charge, not us.  Jesus plans our lives, not us.  Change.  And it's not simply that's the way Jesus wants it, BUT, that's the way we want it!