As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen.
And he said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.
I have found this reading one which I can gloss over and just be amazed with the response that the four men have to Jesus and his invitation without relating it to myself. He wouldn’t call me, I am not an apostle, I am not qualified, there is no way he would pick me.
Out of the twelve picked as apostles Jesus picks four fishermen, FOUR! Why four fishermen, what were their qualifications? Jesus saw something in them, something that was good enough for him to build upon and provide them with the skills and everything else to be fishers of men. I am sure that these men didn’t feel qualified, experienced or educated enough to be called in to the greatest ministry of all time. They weren’t priests or scholars, just men of the land [salt of the earth?]. I don’t have to look to hard to see the other apostles and what their qualifications were to be called, none if I apply my own selection criteria.
What does this mean to me and how I respond to his call? I have to get over myself for a start, get over the statement in my head that says, “I am not good enough, I am not qualified”.
Maybe the only qualification that is required is in the response we have to Jesus. Is the qualification in just saying yes? The rest appears to be taken care of by Jesus in the way he provides formation, training, faith building, support, guidance and most importantly, his intimate presence.
This really is the time in where I need to get over my reluctance and resistance to accept that Jesus has called me. Called me by name, personally invited me to share his love of me and the world with others. I am not concentrating on how I might respond and what he might be asking of me, but bring it back to basics and just accept the invitation. I can see my qualification in just saying yes, if I say yes, I am qualified! Never though of it like that before, sounds pretty simple, I like simple. So today I do not over complicate things, I do not over think it, I just say yes.
I accept your invitation in to relationship and whatever leads from that
I know that you see more in me than I do and trust in your judgment not mine
I open myself to receive this great blessing that you have called my name
I am honoured, blessed and privileged that you deem me worthy
Please strengthen, teach and equip me in this journey as you did for the apostles
Thank you Lord for this call