Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Everybody remembers the story of Jonah and the fish that swallowed him. But some of the other details may be hazy. So let’s remind ourselves of these other details.
— God called Jonah to go to Nineveh to announce to them God’s coming destruction
— Jonah heads in the opposite direction in order to avoid preaching a negative message to the people of Nineveh.
— God pursues Jonah on the boat which he is trying to use to escape from God, and God conveniently provides a fish to swallow Jonah and take him back to square one.
— God forgives and relents from destroying the boat, and all the sailors believe in God.
— Jonah repents of his rebellion and goes to Nineveh to announce God’s forthcoming judgment. The people of Nineveh repent, and God in His compassion relents of what He intended to do.
— God is a compassionate God, who is more than ready to forgive our sins when we repent.
Read Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Who is another person in the Bible you can think of that doubted God and what He was calling him/her to do?
Is there a time in your life you felt like you were called by God to do something that was hard? Something that may not have been the most popular choice? If so share with
Share a time, (it can be the same as used in the previous question,) that God proved his faithfulness to you?
(Parents: This is a good time to be able to share with your kids part of your journey of faith.)
What is something you feel God is calling you to do this year? What is one step you can take to begin to answer God’s calling?
Pray about how you can help hold each other accountable to this.
Jesus began calling his disciples, starting from the area where John the Baptist had been preaching to Galilee. St. Mark, in today’s reading, fills in some of the details, which begin with John the Baptist being arrested by King Herod Antipas, one of Herod the Great’s sons. The arrest was meant to silence John the Baptist, who had been accusing King Herod of adultery for marrying his brother’s wife, Herodias.
So Jesus headed to Galilee, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God was now here, so repent and believe the good news. As He went, Jesus saw Peter and his brother, Andrew, fishing, so he called them to follow Him, which they did immediately. Then they came upon James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, mending their fishing nets with their father. When Jesus called them to follow Him, they also immediately answered the call.
Read Mark 1:14-20
We know, Peter, Andrew, James and John as disciples of Jesus. However, they all had careers before they followed Jesus. Read more about what each of the disciples did before they were called by Jesus.
What does this tell us about who Jesus uses to accomplish his work?
Look up the word vocation. Talk about what vocation means in your own words.
What are some of your vocations? Take time to talk this through with your family.
How does Jesus call you to use your vocation to serve him?