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. – Matt. 4: 18-20
If anything ever proved the power of Christ, this passage surely does. As it goes, Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee when He saw two brothers casting their nets. He called out to them saying: “Follow Me.” Then, the most amazing thing happens – they actually did! Does this seem strange to you? There must be something missing from the record. Here are two men busy at work, met by a total stranger and they abandoned their whole life and livelihood at the words: “Follow Me.” It seems strange because . . .
They both decided. Brothers don’t always agree. In fact, some brothers fight all the time and often about nothing. Yet, these two brothers were in total agreement and simultaneously decided to follow Jesus. They decided immediately. There was no family meeting. There was no discussion. There were no questions asked. Jesus said: “Follow Me,” and they did so immediately.
They decided to leave their nets. They did not drag along all of their personal belongings. They did not even take the tools by which they made a living (their nets). When they followed Jesus, they left behind everything they had and relied upon Him to provide whatever they would need.
They decided to follow Him. They followed Him. Without a knowledge of who He was or where He was going, they followed Him. They followed to know Him. They followed to learn from Him. They followed to be like Him.
For centuries, Jesus has been calling men and women to follow Him. Have you heard His call? Have you decided to follow? Have you dropped your nets? Are you following fully? Are you following faithfully? He is still looking for disciples. If you are not one already, it may be time to drop your nets (and excuses) and decide to follow Him today.