Why the calling of Jesus is more about Jesus than the Disciples

It is common to read the Bible and think, where do I fit into this story? It is common to think, "this" is the life lesson from this story. It is common to read the Bible and put ourselves at the center of the narrative.  

When we read the story of Jesus calling some disciples in Matthew 4 it is natural to put ourselves into the story or to think the story is revealing about the character/actions of the disciples. Here is the text:

Jesus calling James and John

Jesus calling James and John

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

But it is worth repeatingand repeatingand repeatingand repeating the protagonist of the Christian life and the Bible is God - not you or me.

When we hear about Jesus calling the disciples we notice how obedient the disciples are or how quickly they abandon their tasks to follow Jesus. Perhaps the sermon is about how we need to abandon our lives and immediately follow Jesus. Perhaps we do. But that sermon is not the Good News. Jesus is the Good News. And if we preach the Good News then we need to preach Jesus. 

So what does this story tell us about the Good News of Jesus Christ? Allow me to get the ball rolling on your thinking. 

In a world that is set up to encourage the students to seek out the teachers Jesus inverts that and as the teacher he seeks out the students. The Good News is, in part, the fact that God in Jesus Christ seeks, finds and calls us. We get to respond. \

And as the one who is doing the main action, God is the protagonist in our lives.