We started a new series this past Sunday. Over the next several weeks we will be looking at what it means to be a follower of Jesus. And we’ll do this via a character study of Peter.
Who was Peter? He was a fisherman, Andrew’s brother, and was called by Jesus to be one of his disciples. He was also brash, put his foot in his mouth, didn’t always get what he was supposed to, and was pretty stubborn. He doubted and denied Jesus. And yet, Jesus called him and used him to change the world.
My takeaways from this past weekend’s message:
- The Message of Jesus: The kingdom of heaven has come near, and the only right response is to repent. What does that mean? To literally have a mindset change, a shift. To say the way I was seeing things was wrong. The way I was living was not right. I am turning towards God, to be in agreement with him. Repentance isn’t just about being sorry. It’s about making a change. This is the backdrop of Jesus’ call to Peter.
- Primary vs. Secondary Calling. Every Christian has the same primary calling: follow Jesus. And a result of following Jesus? Be made into something new. A Secondary Calling is the unique way that you might live out your primary call. It can be a vocation, a job, your community, your hobbies, your side hustle. Our primary calling to follow Jesus is about identity, whereas the secondary calling is about activity.
- Our response to Jesus: Recognize that you are in the presence of holiness. Throughout history and the bible, people respond to an encounter with Jesus by falling on their face or knees, and they say, “depart from me. I’m sinful.”
- Humility is the mark of a disciple. A disciple is radically in touch with his unworthiness and shortcomings. This is where the call of every disciple begins, with the first response of “I’m not worthy.” When we lose the sense of our own unworthiness, we lose the significance of Jesus calling us to become fishers of men.
- The Gospel Call: Jesus standing on the shore saying, “Come after me, and I will bring meaning to your life in a way that you have never known.” Don’t settle for mediocrity. Nothing compares! Fall at his feet and say, “I am a sinful (wo)man.” Let him call you afresh to follow him.
The God of the universe calls us to follow him. There is an incredible dignity and privilege bestowed on us in this invitation to follow the Son of God and to be used by him.
How are you living out your life and identity in light of your primary calling as a follower of Jesus? We all follow something… and even if we say we are believers, we may not be following Jesus fully. Have you fully surrendered to Him?