1Cor 1:10-13, 17
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by Debra Faase, Director of Field Experience
The readings of this Sunday contrast darkness with light. They offer a message of hope, while reminding us that people often do not respond to Christ as light, but instead people argue with one another about who is the best, and about who is following the best teacher and leader.
Against that background, we hear of the earliest ministry of Jesus and his calling the first apostles. Christ is the only leader, for He is the crucified One who invites us to share the same mind and purpose that he has, an attitude and purpose blessed by the light of His Cross and His Resurrection.
Imagine that Jesus’ words of calling are being addressed to you, personally, right here and now. What if Jesus was on the shore of the Fox River and saw you and a couple of friends walking towards your dorm or apartment? What if he said to you, "Hey, I can offer you a life of happiness, fulfillment and deep meaning; really, all that your deepest hearts are already seeking”? Then, he would add: “To get this life, I only ask you to come with Me, to become One with Me, and follow in my footsteps.”
What would you say? Would you listen? Would you wait to see what your friends were going to do? Would you believe, and seek your deepest heart’s longing even if your friends turned away? What would you do?
The offer is really there. It is genuinely a brighter outlook for you personally than a lot of the squabbles and stress that a lesser life will offer you. It is offered to you. What will you do?