Good morning, boys and girls. You probably know what this is,
don't you? (Hold up the magnet.) It's a magnet. Do any of you
know what a magnet does? (Let them answer.) Magnets attract
anything that has iron in it. Our Bible story this morning is a
bout a person who was like a magnet. This person attracted people
just like the magnet attracts iron. Wherever he went people
wanted to be with him. They wanted to hear him talk. They wanted
to have him heal them. This person must have been a very
friendly, wonderful person. Do you know who the person was? (Let
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As Jesus calls his disciples it seems like he has a criterion for the people with which he wants to surround himself. It may not always be obvious in the Biblical account, but Jesus is careful to choose people who are really committed to his message. With their help, Jesus will be able to do more and spread the word about God farther.
There are always difficulties in Christian ministry, at whichever level you're involved in it, from church cleaner to the Archbishop of Canterbury. There's always someone who'll find fault, and if like the Archbishop, you're a subject of media interest, then I should imagine Christian ministry can be very difficult indeed and perhaps something of a burden.
In today's Gospel text, Jesus calls for repentance, expects Peter and Andrew to drop their nets and follow him, and calls James and John to leave their Father Zebedee in the boat without so much as a "So long, see you later."
My task today is to issue that same call to repentance, that same call to radical obedience and decisive discipleship. For that call is urgent and cries out to be issued in all of its majesty and might.