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Mission Impossible #1: Departures

. 2 min read

2015/09/13
Christ Church, Mountain Top
Call
to Worship, Psalm 116
Children, Genesis 12.1-9

Message,
Mark 1.14-20
Binding
two related themes
      Impossible things that we must face in
family life, professional life
      Impossible call of Jesus to follow &
serve
One
of the most difficult classes of things to face, one of the great
impossibilities: Departures
      Our children growing up and leaving home
(“failure to launch”)
Greeting
card: “Parenting … when messing up your own life just isn’t enough”
      Leaving behind the “devil you know” for
the devil you don’t know
            Professionally
            Escaping abusive relationships for
the devil of being alone
      Abandoning a cherished hope,
self-perception, or dream
Departures
force us out into an exposed position, loosed of everything that makes us
comfortable, set free from what we have understood as “home”. Departures make
us deeply insecure, for good reason (not just paranoid ones).
      And, that is exactly how Jesus calls each
of us.

Dietrich
Bonhoeffer writes about it this way:
The
call of Jesus teaches us that our relation to the world has been built on an
illusion (108). Through the call of Jesus [we] become individuals…. Every
[one] is called separately, and must follow alone (105). … we do not remain
alone (113). The Cost of Discipleship.
Simon
Peter & Andrew – leave their nets
James
& John – leave their father Zebedee in the boat
“Repent
and believe”
Repent
is to change, not just your mind, but your direction and behavior from going
your own way to going Jesus’ way: “Follow me”
Bonhoeffer,
“Only those who obey believe” (69, edited).
Abraham
is called to depart, to become an alien in the world
“Your
mission, should you choose to accept it”
      But I don’t want to cut the umbilical cord
– with my children/my parents
      But I don’t want to have to restart my
career
      But I don’t want to have to be alone at my
age
      But I don’t want to let go of a hope or
dream
How
do you think fish feel?
Fish
stories
      Biggest catch?
      Bert & Ernie
      “I will make you fish for people”
Cub
Scout fishing tournament
      I was “hooked”
Jesus
has a much greater call and mission for us – a call to single-minded obedience
and a mission that opens our heart fully to the whole world.
May
God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.
      A prayer attributed to Mother Theresa