2/20: No Worries When Jesus Calls


At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, He gathered men together who would be His disciples. Two of the first ones He called were James and John. They were brothers working as fishermen in their father’s business. The account of the call as recorded by Mark says, “And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee… He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him” Mark 1:16-20 (NKJ).

What strikes me about this story is the fact that those guys just left their father. Back in those days, sons were so highly valued because they not only carried on the family line, but they also carried on the family business. It was about economics. More sons probably meant more money. So when these two sons left at once, Zebedee might not have been all that enthused.

However, we never hear a peep out of Zebedee, but there are some things we can notice that show us that he wasn’t left in a lurch, and probably even approved of his sons’ choice of the ministry as their profession.

First, right here in this passage, we see that although the sons left, there were hired servants who stayed with Zebedee to continue to work the business. Second, all throughout the Gospels, when James and John are mentioned, they are called “the sons of Zebedee.” This indicates respect for their father and a nod to him who allowed his sons to serve the Lord unhindered by guilt or concern about leaving his business. Third, Zebedee’s wife was one of the women who followed Jesus as well. No way in that era would a woman have been allowed to leave her husband to serve some other man if her husband were not in favor of it.

We can learn several lessons from this story:

  • If the Lord calls our children into ministry, let them go. God will see to it that the parents of those in His service are well taken care of.
  • A family that serves the Lord is a blessed one. James and John were two of the three disciples closest to Jesus. Jesus gave them a nickname: Sons of Thunder. The boys’ mother was also a witness to the crucifixion and the resurrection.
  • If the Lord calls us into ministry, we must go immediately. Don’t worry about those we have to stop helping in order to do what God has told us to do. God loves our loved ones and will provide “hired servants” if necessary for those with whom we now have to spend less time.

Zebedee had no worries when Jesus called his sons into the ministry. Little did he know that teaching his boys to fish would have turned into a career for them to fish for the souls of men. And he let them go and do it. James became the first martyr of the Christian church, and John was the disciple who lived the longest, seemed to have loved Christ the deepest, and wrote five books of the Bible (St. John; I, II, and III John; and The Revelation).


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on February 20, 2013.

One Response to “2/20: No Worries When Jesus Calls”

  1. “…where he leads me I will follow.”

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