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Monday, January 13, 2014

Scripture Reading: John 1:35–42
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). (NRSV)

John 1:35–42 describes how Peter and Simon became Jesus’ first disciples. Upon my first reading of these passages, I admittedly thought, “OK, so they decided to follow Jesus. And?” I didn’t understand what made this story so special. I thought about how many decisions I make in the course of a day, some hastily and some with great thought. And I thought about the choices I’ve made that turned out to be mistakes and the ones that changed my life. The word “first” came to mind. These were the very first disciples Jesus had. What incredible things happened after Peter and Simon decided to follow Jesus! I wonder if they had any idea how their lives and the world would change as a result of their decision or how Jesus would work through them.

The first time I accepted Christ as my Savior (and I say first, because I’ve “reaccepted” him a few times since then) it was because I had a crush on a boy in my confirmation class. Our budding romance floundered before the class was over, but it was too late—something had changed in me and a new relationship with God was formed. From the first moment I made that decision to follow God, even as I went through the confirmation class motions not fully realizing the importance, Jesus made a home in my heart, and my life changed. Peter and Simon’s decision to follow Christ marked a monumental moment in Christian history. But our individual decisions to let him in are just as important.

God, awaken me each day to the many ways you have been and always will be present in my life. Fill me with gratitude for all that you have done and are, and help me to continue to follow you with gratitude and love. Amen.

Written by Patty Donmoyer, Receptionist

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