This Sunday the gospel text will center on Jesus’ call of his first disciples (John 1:35-42). I am amazed at how quickly the first disciples responded to the call to follow Jesus. They expressed no hesitation or reluctance. In all four gospel they immediately dropped everything and followed Jesus. Their instant faith surprises me.
Several years ago Pastor John Hogenson introduced me to the concept that some people are like microwaves, others are like crock pots. He was not referring to their taste in foods, but to their speed in making decisions. Some people are quick to process information and make decisions. They see the opportunity and take it right away. People may see the microwavers as courageous and decisive while others see them as brash and reckless. I think many of Jesus’ disciples were like microwaves. The best example may be Peter when later he asked to join Jesus in walking on the water (Matt 14:28-29).
Other people may be more like a crock pot. They need time to process information before they make a decision. They want to “sleep on it” before they discern the proper couse of action. They may appear methodical or sluggish to others. Over the years, I have learned that I am more like a crock pot (not to be confused with crackpot!) than a microwave. I do eventually decide, just not immediately. I struggle with the quickness of the disciple’s embrace. I identify more with Moses and his hesitation at the burning bush (Exodus 3).
Whether you are a microwaver or a crockpotter, all of us are called to respond to Jesus’ call eventually. To push the analogy, we need to “get plugged in” to the true source of power so that we can “serve the meal.” We need to trust in Jesus and discover our specific call in God’s kingdom. All of us have a role to play, whether in a hurry or in time.
What image or analogy would you use to creatively describe your spirituality?