OCTOBER 9, 2017 Luke 5:1-11
MEDITATION: The big catch of fish and the blessed miracle of not tipping the boat over is really amazing here... but what catches me most off-guard is the last six words, "they left everything and followed him." Luke doesn't say anything else, which implies that the disciples didn't text their parents or guardians (my Mother would kill me), turn in their homework assignments, stop at an ATM, or even do something with all those fish. They just left! Who does that? Contrast their immediate response to Jesus with some of the responses from the prophets we meet in the Old Testament. Take Jonah, for example, who takes his sweet time getting to where God has called him to go. Jonah is more my speed. I got things to do. Places to go. People to see. And God, as Jonah notes, often calls us to places we don't want to go, with people we don't want to meet, and things we don't want to do. So what's the hurry, fellas? One of the better explanations I've heard is that all of the disciples Jesus called, especially these blue-collar-at-best fisher bros, were all people no one had ever called on before. And when you've never been called, and your phone finally rings, with miracles on the other end, you go. You leave. You don't wait. You don't stall with something else you need to do first. What if I saw Jesus that way? What if Jesus is first person, place, thing to ever call me? That's accurate, God chooses us before we choose God... and truly schedule changing. I might miss turning in that homework assignment -- at the very least it would move way down my list of priorities.
FOR DISCUSSION: Are you a Jonah or a Simon Peter? Say more about that...
LINKS/OTHER RESOURCES: There are multiple graphic novel versions of Jonah... this is my favorite. It's a great translation and you can buy it on Amazon for less than $14: The Unlikely Chosen.
- Thanks to Lindsey Groves of UKirk Nashville for guest writing this week's edition of UWorship: Meditations on Luke