When Peter exclaimed that he and the other disciples had ‘left everything to follow’ Jesus, he was speaking the stark truth. Jesus had called him, with his brother, and they’d left their nets and followed him. James and John also left their boat and their father to follow Jesus. In fact, if we want to save our lives, we must lose them, says Jesus. We must take up our cross. But, in the wealthy West, flooded with materialistic and hedonistic pleasures, what does following Jesus and losing our lives look like? We need some light, and stark truth, as we consider what our lives should look like given what discipleship means.
Mark is a former Principal of Tilsley College in Motherwell, and is now Training Director with Gospel Literature Outreach. He and his wife Shirley served as missionaries in Zambia for twenty years, engaging in Bible teaching, developing mission, resourcing infrastructure and HIV/AIDS intervention work before coming to Tilsley College. Prior to this, Mark (a native of Swansea) had started a career in engineering. Mark and Shirley have two daughters and three sons.