18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
After preaching about the immediacy of the kingdom, and the possibility for each of us to participate in its coming, Jesus calls his first four disciples. He calls two sets of brothers, Peter and Andrew, and James and John. They were fishermen doing what fishermen do, fishing. Jesus calls them by simply saying, “Come follow me”. And immediately both sets of brothers drop their nets and follow him. What amazes me is how quickly they saw the opportunity of a lifetime, and followed their gut-instinct. Note as well, these are ordinary guys, fishermen. Jesus didn’t go to the elite and powerful, but blue collar workers. Jesus is ready to use anyone who is willing to drop their nets and follow him. In our church, we are challenging people to see where God is calling them. This doesn’t necessary mean quitting your job or moving necessarily, but being obedient to what God might be calling you to do. Pray about taking a baby step to follow God’s leading this Lent. Don’t waste an opportunity to be used by God.
Jesus, help us to hear your call, drop our proverbial nets, and follow you. In Your name, Amen.