And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
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Lots of research is done on what motivates people. What motivates employees to do excellent work? What motivates people to obey rules? What motivates people to purchase an item or a service? What motivates people to volunteer their own time or donate their own money? With this story from Mark's gospel, we are compelled to wonder what would motivate us to drop our "nets" and follow Jesus? For me, the answered is layered with relationships - people in history and people who I have personally known - whose Christ-centered lives sing with unconditional love. The answer is also woven together with my yearning to belong to others, to be a part of something great, and to make a contribution to the lives of others. Following Jesus is time-honored. Lots of smart and wonderful people have followed him. He offers grace and forgiveness, purpose and hope. What about you?
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Nets or changing the world? Hmmm, I'm right behind you, Lord. Amen.