Matthew 4:18-20, “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. Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him.”
Obedience. No questions asked. Doing what is asked of you no matter what the cost. This is what Jesus asked of Peter and Andrew. Jesus asked them to “Follow Him.”
Peter and Andrew were fisherman by trade. This is a common profession in that day but not necessarily a profitable one. So when Peter and Andrew were asked to leave all that they had, the choice would be a tough one. Yet, they made it quickly. They followed their gut that told them to drop everything.
I look at myself in this instance. What would I do? What would I say? I would like to think that I would make the decision but I don’t know how quickly I would have done that. It is easy to say that you want to follow Jesus, but if you were asked to leave all you have to follow Him, could you? Leave your home, your possessions, your job, your family? These 2 disciples did just this.
Jesus would go on to have 10 other disciples for a total of 12. Each man left what he had to follow Jesus. This is how trust and obey works. These men trusted Jesus for who He was and obeyed His voice. This is how we are to live our lives. When Jesus asks us to do something, we must trust Him and then obey. Listen and do.
Jesus was making fishers of men. In this time, Jesus needed 12 men that would be able to trust Him and be trusted by others, obey Him and be obeyed by others, listen and learn from Jesus. Jesus needed men that could carry on what Jesus was started. Jesus still needs that today. Jesus needs men and women who will also carry on what Jesus started.
Are you ready to be a fisher of men? Are you ready to help people come to Christ? Start spreading the good news of Jesus to your friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances. Everyone needs to hear about Jesus. Everyone needs the gift of salvation that Jesus offers.
Thank You for the lesson of trusting and obeying. We need You and we trust You. I pray that You will help us to obey Your voice and lead others to You. You alone are worthy of our time. You alone are worthy of our worship. You alone for us. You sent Your son to die for our sins and for that, we are so grateful beyond measure. Continue to help us to never forget all that You do for us daily.
In Your name we pray,