If that’s too fast for you, it’s surely too quick for me!
But Jesus isn’t one to wait around for procrastinators.
The offer is on the table, so come and join me if you will. In reflecting on the juxtaposition of the description of Jesus’ initial ministry and his calling of the two sets of brothers to be his disciples, I’m impressed that Jesus quickly recognizes that if the ministry is going to expand he is going to need partners in ministry.
I was going to teach church history and preach on occasion, but not as a full-time pastor. My dreams of an academic career eventually gave way to a recognition of a call to preach the good news of God’s realm. First came John and he preached a message of repentance. He wasn’t the one who would inaugurate it, but he would pave the way. After his baptism and his temptation, he took up his calling as a preacher. Like John, Jesus called on the people to repent and believe. For preachers, there is always the danger of upsetting the people who pay the salary.They didn’t take the time to sell the boats or even put them in storage.They just dropped their nets and “immediately” followed Jesus.Without further adieu, here are the ranges: Baby Boomers: 1946~1953 to 1964 For the most part, Generation Y are the children of the Baby Boomers, and in some cases, grandchildren.This is due to them being around their prime reproductive years during the 1980s (the last baby boomers turned 18 in 1982).Why Jesus needs to do this may result from his recognition that it’s easy to misunderstand the message.With the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birth and legacy fresh in our minds, it is worth reflecting on how his famed “I have a dream” speech has been used to sustain the status quo.Our color, our culture, all help to define who we are as the people of God.So, it’s no wonder Jesus wanted to keep things under wraps until the proper time.But, he doesn’t allow those who “get it” to spill the beans.Perhaps there is the need to let the full measure of the Good News to soak in, to permeate the community, so that when the time came they would recognize that the kingdom had truly come into their midst.