“When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali.
“…As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’
“At once they left their nets and followed him.
“Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” – Matthew 4:12-13, 18-22
To have a great team does not depend upon the amount of money that one spends on that team. That may help one to get good players that will cause one to put together a great team. However, the way the team members interact with one another determines how good the team will be.
Someone once said you don’t need superstars to win games. A good coach can take a group of average players and turn them into superstars. The secret is getting them to play as a unit.
Jesus, in the above text, returned to Galilee. After his baptism, he had spent some time in Jerusalem, but after John had been arrested and put in prison, he decided to operate under Herod’s radar.
In Galilee, he really began his ministry. There he set out to put together his team. He did not go out looking for superstars. He did not seek out the most brilliant minds, or the most popular or important people in the neighborhood or the community around Galilee.
Instead, he went for a walk through the neighborhood and called his team members from among their neighbors. He searched and found regular everyday men who did not even know their own potential. However, Jesus knew their potential. What a way to choose his team.
He was putting together a super team. On his team, he had fishermen, tax collectors, militants and even a crook and a cheat, Judas, the one who betrayed him. Yes, just ordinary people whom he turned into the most dominating team ever assembled; the greatest team.
As we celebrate the season of Epiphany, Jesus still calls ordinary people. He searches for people like you and me to be on his team. We don’t have to be popular, or brilliant, or highly spoken of. Jesus will use us as we are.
Like those fishermen by the Sea of Galilee, he calls us to come and follow him – be his disciple and tell people about his message of grace and forgiveness.
Those first men whom Jesus called were doing well before he called them to join his team. They had jobs, families and were part of a community. Yet, when they got the call, they left everything – boats, nets, tax boxes and families to follow Jesus.
Are you ready to join Jesus’ team? He is calling today. He wants you as you are. He can take the most mediocre of us and turn us into superstars. That is what he did with the no name group of men from around the Sea of Galilee.
Luther once said that the greatest calling is to be called to do the work of God. When you are on God’s team, you are on the greatest team, doing the most important work of your life. Jesus calls you to join his team today.
The people of the world need to hear about the Christ of Calvary. He died in our stead and rose again on Easter that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He calls you to repentance and to action on his team. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone: 426-9084; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.