HOST: Michael Whitworth
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
Can you imagine walking away from everything that you know as “normal” in your life—your job, your family, your home? When Jesus asked these fishermen to follow Him and become fishers of men, He was asking them to do just that—to leave everything behind and become his full-time followers, students, and apostles. He didn’t promise them riches or fame or a life of ease; He offered them something even better. He offered them the unparalleled opportunity to learn from the Master Teacher, to be first-hand witnesses to His power, wisdom and compassion, and to be daily companions of the Son of God. And He gave them the opportunity to live out a greater purpose in their lives—to bring the saving message of Christ to the world and to become fishers of men. In a sense, Christ still calls us to walk away from this world as we know it and follow Him. And while the cost of following Him might be high, the rewards and blessings of making that commitment are still beyond compare.
Is there anything that you have sacrificed in order to follow Christ?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!