18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
When Jesus called His disciples, He called them away from what they were doing, from the major emphasis of their lives, to follow Him. These men had careers, families, and futures. They did not plan to leave what they were doing. No one would have thought they did the right thing. Yet, when Jesus called them to follow Him, they did. In retrospect, they did the right thing; they did the exact right thing.
When Jesus left this earth His final words to His disciples were that they should do for others what He did for them. Jesus called them from their lives to follow Him then told them to call others from their lives to become followers of Chris as they were.
When I say this we all understand and are in full agreement with what happened and with what Jesus wanted. But whenever I ask someone to work with me in a discipleship relationship there seems to be a deer-in-the-headlights moment. Responses like this are normal: “Yes, I would like that but let me get back with on it” or “Yeah, I know I should do that but I am really busy right now” or “I don’t think Jesus meant to put everything else on hold while I follow Him so let me rewrite the terms a bit then I’ll get back with you.”
My friends, Jesus called us all to follow Him and to become His disciples. Please bear with me a moment, but Jesus did not call us to come to church once a week or even twice a week. He called us to trade everything to follow Him; that is, we are to make following Christ our greatest priority and all other aspects of life, family, work, and future, become secondary or less. Yes, we have to work and to care for our families, Paul taught that. And yes, we are to become disciples of Jesus Christ and then to help others become disciples of Jesus Christ.
Let’s call this “food for thought” today. Think about this with me and if you can, send me your thoughts.
Our first son, Steven, had his 34th birthday today. Happy Birthday Steve! It’s been a joy to see God shape you into the man you have become. Keep seeking Christ first and foremost, everything else will keep making sense.
Pray for one of our young people who is now in their career as a teacher. The first week after Christmas break has been especially difficult in the classroom.
Have a great day in the Lord,