I do not like to admit that I need help. I like to be able to say that I was able to do what I needed to do without asking for help. My dad was the same way. He taught my brother and I to be self-sufficient in all things we do. But, not asking for help can get us into a pickle.
The truth is, we all need help. Even Jesus asked for people to come along and help him. He said, “Come, and I will make you fishers of people.” He had the disciples come and join him on his journey to carry out God’s plan.
If Jesus knew that others would be needed to help in the work, why would I think that I can do everything on my own. I know that I cannot. However, when a person is in leadership, he or she can easily fall into a trap of thinking they are the lone ranger in everything. I do not want to be a lone ranger. How about you?
Jesus is still calling each of us today to help with the work of disciple-making. There is not just one person who is responsible for that work. A pastor does not do it by himself or herself but with the work of the entire body of Christ together. Laity should not be expected to do the work without the guidance of pastoral leadership. We do this work together.
Jesus set the example for us. Come, let us work together to make disciples in this world just as the original disciples did with Jesus. In this season of Lent, let us share the message of the cross of Christ with others and help them to explore and experience the joy of Easter and the freedom found through Jesus Christ.
Come, let’s go fishing for people together.
~Grace and Peace...Pastor Angie