Following Jesus

One day as Jesus was walking along the shore beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers-Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew-fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen. Jesus called out to them, “Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and went with him.

A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind. (Matthew 4:18-22)

These men had heard Jesus preach before and that is why they immediately left what they were doing and followed Him.  Andrew was a follower of John the Baptist until he learned that Jesus was the Messiah.  Andrew went and told Peter.  He took his brother to meet Jesus.

The four brothers were called away from their trade to catch people instead of fish.  Jesus wanted them to fish for souls—to draw others to Him.  We are to do the same.  When Jesus asks us to serve Him we are to do so at once and make no excuses.  We are to share the Gospel with others.  The men did not object.  They did not protest, “Lord, we can’t just leave our catch.  Give us time.”  Peter and Andrew immediately left their nets and James and John left the boat and their father and went with Jesus.

The call to discipleship is an honor and an opportunity that we cannot afford to pass up.  James and John were with their father, getting ready for a big catch when Jesus called to them.  They did not hesitate.  They left everything to follow Jesus. Jesus comes first—before our jobs, families.  He should be the number priority in our lives.

This account teaches me that Jesus does not discriminate.  He chose fishermen to be His disciples.  He chose ordinary people—uneducated men whom He could teach and prepare for the spreading of the Gospel.  No matter who we are, how much we know or where we come from, today Jesus is calling to each one of us to “Come, follow Me.”

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