They were just ordinary fishermen making an ordinary living when Jesus walked by. They were minding their own business, casting for fish and mending their nets.
With one command, Jesus changed everything. “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of me,” and they did. They left family business and familiar surroundings. They followed immediately, showing neither reluctant fear nor selfish thought. They sought no other counsel than the sound of his voice.
He didn’t map out the first step or outline a comprehensive plan of action. He explained neither corporate nor kingdom structure. He made no promises, offered no bonuses. He simply offered himself and invited them to follow him.
He spoke the language of fishing they understood and then redefined it. He redirected their perspective from the dark waters of an inland sea to fields that were ready for harvest. He replaced their jobs with a mission, and challenged them to life instead of just making a living. He called them to make his purpose theirs.
Their first step took them to places they would never have imagined. They left behind the sea to travel dusty roads. They left a thriving business along the shore to stand in sorrow at the foot of the cross. They followed Jesus from Galilee to Golgotha.
Simon, Andrew, James and John. Four men who chose to follow Jesus. His call to follow is not for these four alone. He is calling all of us to leave behind our pride and preconceptions, to discover who he is and learn from him, and to follow him to the end of the age.
We invite you to join us as we study the Book of Mark and rediscover The Lost Art of Following Jesus.
Christians sometimes give an impression that they are not to be bothered—even amongst fellow Christians. However, God’s people have been changed by his Spirit and what was once abnormal—loving sacrificially—is now normal. It is a love that acts, sacrifices and desires the highest good for others. It is the mark of which Jesus said others would know we are his followers. This love is the authenticating mark of a Christian.