The starter says, “ready, set, go!” and the runners are off. It’s a familiar scene isn’t it? Whether it’s starting a game of tag as a kid or running a 5K, I’ve used those three words hundreds of times. The moment the sprint starts is exhilarating, but when we sprint we soon run out of gas.
This week’s gospel reading is about Jesus calling the first disciples. At first glance, it seems the disciples were ready to sprint with Jesus. Jesus says, “Follow me and I will teach you to fish for people.” They immediately drop their nets and jump out of the boat. Is this realistic? I think I would ask a few questions first. Where are we going? Who are these people you call fish? What am I getting myself into?
Well, the disciples certainly didn’t know what they were getting into and neither do we when we follow Jesus. We are called out into a messy world. It’s more like going on a mud run than a 5K. “Ready, set, go!” and click on the YouTube video or Spotify link to this week’s sermon.