As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Written by: James Rogers
In today’s passage, we find two ordinary men carrying on with their business. These guys spent their days and nights providing for their families. They worked at their trade, made a living, and supported people who they cared about. Sound familiar? Isn’t this what we do?
One day, a man walks up, finds these two guys fishing, and the first thing out of his mouth is “come follow me.”
“At once, they left their nets and followed him.” They didn’t ask any questions. With caution to the wind, they left everything where it was and followed. Why so reckless?
What value must they have seen in Jesus that they would leave it all on the beach? There must have been something so enticing on the other side of those three little words: “Come follow me.” I mean, would you leave your job and your responsibilities with a simple invitation from a stranger?
There are several proposed explanations for their abrupt decision. Maybe they thought Jesus was a religious leader who would guide them into a better career path as a Rabbi (an opportunity they thought beyond them). It could have been that they thought He was an upcoming political leader who would step into leadership over Israel (and they would get to tag along). Or could it be that they looked into Jesus’ eyes and saw something that they had never seen before? Maybe they found something in Him that they were not willing to part with.
Thought of the day: Here we are 2000-plus years later: still working, still managing our responsibilities and Jesus still says, “come follow me.” What does it mean to follow Jesus in 2019? That’s a hard question and there are no cookie-cutter answers, but there is something each of us is being called to do. What do you feel Jesus is asking you to do in your life right now? Maybe it’s something you keep putting off. Do you feel a tug to the mission field? Has God been prompting you to become a foster parent? Is there a hurt, habit, or hang-up that you’re supposed to leave on the proverbial beach?
Whatever it is, Jesus is saying, “Do you have the guts to follow me and is there enough value in who I am for you to take the leap and trust me?” As we look into the eyes of our Savior, may we find the love that we are not willing to part with. May we be people who leave our nets on the beach and follow our Savior in what He asks us to do.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for welcoming me on this journey with You. Please give me the courage to follow You and to walk the road You’ve laid out for me. Help me to listen to Your direction. Help me to follow well. Bless You, Lord Jesus. Amen.