Called to be Sent
Our day began like the ancient fishermen, setting out in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. It was easy to imagine those disciples who encountered Jesus on these same shores and left their nets to follow him: “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” While adrift on the Sea, we took some time to simply be in the presence of God. Surely we were thinking of that ancient storm and ghost like figure walking on water toward the boat. I could almost see him in a tangible way. (It’s easier to pray while drifting in a boat on the Sea of Galilee.)
One of the faith lessons today had to do with what it means to follow the Rabbi. Few were chosen to follow the Rabbi, and when they did, it wasn’t about simply learning from the Rabbi, but rather a call to become like the Rabbi. The Rabbi only calls those he believes have the potential to become like him. Jesus chose some who other Rabbi’s had passed over. He saw the potential in them where others did not. He sees the potential in you and I as well. It is not ourselves we are called to believe in, but him. He is more than able. Do you trust the Rabbi?
Next we spent time in the ancient city of Gerasa, modern day Jerash in Jordan. We walked along the ancient streets of stone and gazed on the likes of the Temples of Zeus and Artemis. The demoniac that Jesus healed visited this city and shared his testimony of who Jesus was and how he had healed him. In time, the Temple of Artemis was converted into a Christian Church. We sat in this ancient temple and learned what it means to be called and sent. Calling and sending isn’t just for a special few; it is the Great Commission of all believers. Are you living into your call?