In this fourth blog in a series, Sue Clutterham looks at change and decisions – and what that might mean in our family lives.
A new job involves heart-searching, big decisions, lots of research and endless application forms, hopefully resulting in an interview that will conclude with a job offer. What do you want to get out of a job, and what appeals to you? What are you good at? Do you have any experience? Endless questions, but necessary and important questions to ascertain what skills you can offer and what in particular you can bring to a role.
And then there’s Jesus’ approach to building his team of twelve apprentices. So simple, so straightforward, so direct. Four fishermen witnessed Jesus’ power and authority in the amazing provision of fish after a fruitless night’s work for all of them. Read about it in Luke 5:1–11.
Jesus’ significant remark, ‘From now on you’ll be fishing for people’ produced an immediate response. Luke records that, ‘… they left everything and followed Jesus.’ Just like that. Wow! They were offered a life-changing, amazing opportunity and they accepted the offer. No deliberating. No hesitation. At once.
In that moment they risked everything for Jesus. They left their home and family (a huge wrench). They sacrificed their comfort and their security. They embraced a total change of lifestyle. Just like that.
A change of attitude
So what about you and your family? What is your attitude to following Jesus? It is that total? Is it as uncompromising? Does your family really take following Jesus as seriously as those first disciples, or do you pick and choose when and where to be his followers?
Your children are in a really tough situation at school. Being a follower of Jesus is hard, especially amongst peer groups. Pray for them. Encourage them. Share with each other the situations you are in during the week, whether it’s at home, at work, or in the school playground. Be aware of what you are all coping with.
Remember that it wasn’t easy for Jesus’ first followers, but remember too that God is with you and will be your anchor, to keep you firm and strong and you can run to him for safety. He will never let you down! Check out the Family Hub and play the game again to remind yourselves of the story of ‘Jesus and the Fishermen’!
Sue Clutterham is passionate about ministry with children and families. She also enjoys writing and is always on the lookout for new ways to engage people with the Bible. Currently, she is a local mission partner with Scripture Union, working with the Archway Trust in five rural villages in Northamptonshire (UK) – a huge challenge, but exciting and encouraging!