Matthew 4:18 As (Jesus) walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
I’m struck this morning by the description of Jesus calling his first disciples. In verses 20 and 22 they left “immediately” to follow Jesus. That’s a surprising thing to me. Leaving home and family and everything familiar – for the complete unknown. Wow. Even considering the fact that life in ancient times was much harder than today, I find that remarkable.
We also know, based on reading the gospels, that Jesus’ disciples called had no real idea what they were getting into. It started out wonderfully enough, like following a rock star on tour, but things grew much more difficult with time. Ultimately Jesus’ disciples saw their teacher dead on a cross and found themselves hiding for fear of the same fate. Yet, in the end, God used these humble people to change the world.
I wonder how the Lord is calling me away from the known into the unknown. Where is the Lord’s invitation to me? To you? Will we leave “our nets” to follow Jesus or will we shrink back?
Lord Jesus you have never stopped calling people away from the known, the familiar, the comfortable, for the sake of others. If I’m honest I’m often too afraid to say yes. I want to know what all is ahead of me. I want to control the outcome. But that’s not how it works is it? This morning we ask for grace to follow you, wherever you may lead us. Suspend our fear that we might be instruments of your kingdom on earth. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.