Monday, February 18, 2019

Mark 1:19-20

What have you left behind to pursue your athletic career?  Many of you left your families hours away.  Many more left your best friends and possibly even a relationship with a potential spouse.  What do you suppose that Jesus’ disciples left when he asked them to follow him?  We get to see the price of such decisions in the writings of Mark.

At chapter 1 and verses 19 and 20, Mark writes, “When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.  Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.”

These men walked away from their family business and their whole careers as fishermen to follow this man Jesus.  That’s what total commitment looks like.

You’ve shown similar commitment and you are to be commended for it.  You walked away from your family, friends, everything that was familiar and comfortable to you to come to a strange place and strange people. 

We must now show the same kind of commitment to our team and to the coaching staff that we’ve always shown to our family and friends.  Demonstrate family-like commitment and loyalty to your teammates as you compete strongly together today.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 18:1-14
Acts 25:1-12
Psalms 40
Leviticus 8-10