Mark 1:14-20-“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.”
What a monumental and historical time this was for Jesus to begin His ministry of proclaiming the good news of God. Foretelling of salvation, the Kingdom of the Lord, repentance, and salvation; this is where the Call and ministry of Jesus began. Jesus then proceeded to call on those that would take the good news forth with Simon, Andrew, James, and John. The significance to me is that Jesus’ Call began then, and continued through his crucifixion for 2,000 years, and is the significant call on our lives today.
Today, more than ever given the tumultuous and cataclysmic events of 2020 which continue into 2021 with COVID-19, the ensuing pandemic, the economy falling, the political environment and chaos, and the natural storms; the ministry and call for us to witness and testify about the good news of Jesus Christ are at its most critical point in history. The national and global statistics of the increase in mental health issues, depression, divorce, domestic abuse, suicide, and deaths, make it so evident of people needing the Lord. As believers, we are the light, and if we don’t shine the light of Jesus Christ, no one else will do it. The call and sharing the good news are also biblical as the second of the greatest two commandments, 1) to love the Lord with all our heart, and 2) to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our legacy will be our witness and testimony.
Dear Lord, let me not be complacent but prompt me and guide me to share the good news and the need for people to come to you and know you as Lord and Savior, now. Please give me the opportunities, intentionality, and words.