Daily reading: Mark 1:1-20
Saturday January 16, 2016

Focus passage: Right away, they left their nets and followed him … At that very moment he called them.  They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.” Mark 1:18 and 20.

Immediately not only points to time but also to action.  While the four disciples have no idea how this immediate decision will change their lives, we know. 

Without so much as a moment to consider the pros and cons they are off.  

Perhaps that is the essence of our faithfulness. “Now is the time! Change your hearts and lives.”

In each and every moment we have the opportunity to immediately embrace the presence of God.  In how we treat our neighbors, in how we respond to need, in how we manage our budget, in how we temper or emotions, in how we listen to one another, in how we open ourselves up to encounter God in our world.

The lack of preparation sets us on a path where we are called to immediacy.  

We learn then how to love our neighbor by loving them.
We learn how to be patient by being patient.
We learn how to be faithful by being faithful.
Faithfulness then isn’t something that is only pondered in the head and discussed it is also a verb that is lived out.

We can never fully prepare ourselves for the work that God is up to in our world.

Prayer: God help me to realize your presence in my life.  May I respond by setting myself on the path to follow you.  Amen.


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