Matthew 4:18-20 – 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. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Jesus told his disciples to follow Him and He would be responsible to make them fishers of men. He didn’t say “acknowledge me, learn a lot of stuff, study hard, be good boys, go to church and read your Bible, and you will become fishers of men”. Jesus only asked them to do one thing – follow Him.
Following someone in Jesus’ day meant you left everything and literally walked with them every day and every night. You spent all of your time with them. You learned from them, asked them questions, listened for answers and witnessed what they did. Christ followers began to be called “Christians” or “little Christ’s”.
Somewhere along the way being a Christian, or Christ-follower, has digressed to the point that anyone who has said a prayer of salvation, or goes to church and believes in God feels completely comfortable using the term Christian. I am convinced many people have asked Jesus into their hearts as Savior, but have little or no intention of having Him be Lord/Master/King of their personal daily lives.
We are created to live life with Jesus. As John Eldredge puts it in his book Walking with God – It is our deepest need as human beings, to learn to live intimately with God. It is what we were made for. To know Christ personally and intimately is what being a follower, or Christian, is supposed to be about.
Enjoying a real, and meaningful relationship with anyone – wife, child, parent, etc. – takes time. Time together with that person is crucial in developing a lasting and meaningful bond. Are we honestly putting in the time and energy it takes to spend that kind of time with Jesus? Do we deliberately “leave our nets and follow him” every day of our lives, or do we rush through a quick devo and go on about our lives.?
Jesus continues to call us and ask us to follow Him. If we will – He will make us into the man, the leader, the husband, the father, the witness, the boss/employee, – the Christ-follower, we are meant to be. He will take the wheel if we will let go. To be a follower means you have to be willing to have someone else lead.
Don’t miss another day of walking with the King. Follow Him, and He will make you……………………