Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
He did not ask. He commanded. He said, “Follow me,” turned on his heel, and walked on. There was no negotiation, no cost-benefit analysis, no question and answer period. “Where will we go? What will we eat? What do I get out of this?” No. “Immediately,” says Mark, they obeyed.
But who is this? Who strolls into my life and starts giving me orders?
This is God, striding into his world to take back his lost humanity, to reclaim what is rightfully his. It cost him. But he paid the price. We are his.
God has a right to you. God has a right to your attention, your time, your skills, your talents. God has a right to the entire path of your life.
In Holy Communion, he places himself in your hands. In his Word, he commands you to place yourself in his. He surrenders to you in body and blood. Surrender to him in trust.
Prayer: Holy Jesus, in you my life has a Lord; call me and I will follow. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum,
Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.