Early days on the road
Begin with prayer, opening your heart to His Word and Spirit.
Read Mark 1:14-20
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
The preparation is complete; now it’s time to begin the journey. Jesus sets out with a clear message, proclaiming the good news that God’s Kingdom is near. During this part of the journey, most people are astonished at his authority and power, and there is only a hint of the opposition to come.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus and for His open invitation to repent and believe the good news. Thank you for those who left all they had to follow you. Thank you that we, too, are given this invitation to repent, believe and follow. Amen.