Micah 6:1-8 We have a confession in the common service. When we sinned as children didn't we have to confess if we had done something wrong? We didn't just go ahead as though nothing had happened. The genuineness of our confession would determine where we went from there. Apologies come first with others and with our God! Don't just start with your want list!
God asks us to tell him what we think he has done wrong. We won't have an answer if we hear what he has done for us and how we have failed him. Every pastor should help us answer this question!
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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.