Dear saints, the readings for Sunday are Mark 1:14-20; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Jonah 3:1-5; Psalm 62.

This week we hear another “calling” story in our Gospel. The Epistle reading delivers a sobering reminder that this world, in its present form, is passing away (1 Cor.7). In the Old Testament, Jonah warns the people of Ninevah to repent, and they do (!), much to his later dismay (Jonah 3).

The common theme in these readings is that following God will always cost us something. Mark notes that both sets of brothers left something behind to follow Jesus. And so must we. The call to put our trust in Jesus and follow him each day will come into conflict with other priorities. We may be required to change our plans, alter our schedules, and step out of our comfort zones to do his will.  Like the fishermen, the Gospel may be calling us to drop some things that we’ve been holding onto for a long time, so that our hands are free to serve in a new way.

What are some examples of how God’s call to follow Jesus have challenged your usual way of life?