The First Disciples One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men. Mark 1:16-20 (NLT)
The Call & The Response
Jesus calls to Simon, Andrew, James, and John, “Follow me.” They were ordinary fishermen, going about their daily work when Jesus called them to leave everything and follow Him. And without hesitation, they obeyed.
What can we learn from these men's response to Jesus' call? First, it shows us the power of Jesus' words. The call to follow Him was not a suggestion, but a command that they felt compelled to obey. Second, it shows us that these men were willing to leave everything they knew and loved behind to follow Jesus. They were willing to put their faith in Him and trust that He would provide for them.
We too are being called by Jesus to follow Him. He is calling us to put our faith in Him, to trust Him with our lives and to obey His commands. It may be difficult to leave behind the things we know and love, but we must remember that Jesus is worth it. He is the only one who can truly satisfy our hearts and give us true purpose and meaning in life.
Take some time today to reflect on our own lives and ask ourselves if we are truly following Jesus. Are we willing to leave everything behind to obey His commands? And then, let us pray for the courage and faith to follow Him, no matter the cost.