01/22/17 - "A Job or a Calling?" - Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
C.S. Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles and friend to J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, once wrote of his decision to be a Christian. While he had been baptized and raised in the Church of England, the faith did not matter much to him until he engaged in study and discussion with others as to the meaning of Christianity. At some point in this journey, he writes, he realizes that he has in fact become a believer.  “It was like a door shutting behind me,” Lewis writes, “and I could not go back to where and what I was before."  
The Gospel this week tells of the calling of the first disciples, an event that would change them for the rest of their lives. I would like you to think of events in your life, after which your life was changed and you could not go back.  Was God active in those events, calling you to a new time?  What does it mean to be "called" and to what is God calling you now?  This is an important Lutheran concept for us to consider. 
~Pastor John Lundblad