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From Pastor Diane

I’m thinking about how Jesus called the disciples.

It’s the time of year for these kinds of stories. Right after Jesus is baptized, we hear stories in church of Jesus calling the disciples, and how they got right up and followed him. Immediately. Even though they didn’t know where they were going.

Now I don’t want to make this sound so melodramatic. It’s not like he was taking them to India, or China, or to the very edge of the Roman Empire. They didn’t really travel very far. They went back and forth across the sea of Galilee, and they went to Jerusalem. In that sense, they probably did know where they were going. The geography was familiar to them. Jesus didn’t take them out of the geography they

knew well.

But in other ways, they really didn’t know where they were going.¬† They didn’t know he was going to cast out demons and feed multitudes, and teach the to do it too. They didn’t know that he would heal the blind and open the ears of the deaf and raise the dead. In particular, I suspect they were surprised that he raised the dead.

And they did not know he was going to the cross. They followed him, even though they didn’t know where he was going.

As for us, when we get a call, we expect a job description. The only job description Jesus gives us is ‘disciple.’ And as a disciples, there are many possible places that Jesus could lead us, and many possible things that he could be calling us to do.

When Jesus calls you (and he will), follow him. Immediately.  Even though you have no idea where you are going, as long as you are going with him, it will be okay.
Pastor Diane