As you have read in Mark 1:16–20, this portion is where Jesus called his first there disciples; Peter, James, and John. Jesus called out to them to follow him, and all three of them immediately left what they were doing and followed Jesus. James and John even left their father, Zebedee to mend the net by himself.

Now I believe that many people who read this part would be shell-shocked. How could Peter, James, John throw away their occupation, and even their family just to follow Jesus? How could James and John abandon their dad and follow Jesus? If Jesus is compassionate and understanding, he should allow the three of them to spend some time with the family, and give them the opportunity to bid farewell to their family, in the proper manner.

Following Jesus wholeheartedly is a decision, an immediate decision. If you want to follow Him, you must make a decision now. There is no dilly-dallying, or procrastinating. There is a cost and a price to pay when you make that decision. In Matthew 8:22, one of Jesus’ discipleship told Him that he wanted to bury his father first, but Jesus said “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” The words of Jesus sounded harsh, and unloving, but just keep this thought in mind first; does following Jesus mean forsaking our family?

As you continue to read Mark, you would come across another story in Mark 1:29–30. This is the portion where Jesus healed Peter’s Mother-in-Law. After reading this passage, do you now think that Jesus is concerned about families? The answer is a big YES! Jesus loved Peter and his family. That was why he visited his household and even healed Peter’s mother-in-law.

In Mark 1:38, Jesus said that the purpose of his coming is to preach to the people. Jesus preached in all the synagogues, but in Mark 1:29; “Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew.” The next thing that Jesus did after preaching was to visit the family of Peter and Andrew. He cared enough to visit his disciple’s family. He loved his disciples and their family.

Following Jesus means putting Him first. This is exactly what Heart of God Church’s Core Values is all about. We put FAITH (God) first, then FAMILY and the rest of the core values. Jesus expected an immediate decision from Peter and He expects that decision from all of us today. Would we put him first in our lives?

Noticed that after experiencing the miracle performed by Jesus, Peter’s mother-in-law “served them (Jesus and his disciples).” Pastor How preached that Joshua proclaimed in Joshua 24:15, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” and Pastor How also mentioned the verse Acts 11:14, ”…you and all your household will be saved.“

The salvation of your family lies within you and your decision to follow Jesus and to put him first. Peter made that decision and followed Jesus. His decision caused the miraculous healing of his mother-in-law, and now she is saved and serving Jesus. The same thing will and can happen to us and our family.

Like Peter, will we put God first, and believe for the salvation of our family? Like Joshua, will we proclaim that as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD?

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