Can you imagine what walking in Simon Peter’s sandals would have been like when Jesus said, “Follow Me”?
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
I used to joke that the reason Jesus asked men instead of women was because a woman would have sputtered, “What? No bag??” 😉
Truly, though, my heart does a wild flip on the inside when I think, What if it had been me?
Those walking the streets of Galilee were already looking for a Messiah. They had heard the prophets and the scrolls of the law in their ears for a lifetime. They were expectant, and probably weary of the wait as they did life day in and day out.
And one day, Jesus parted his lips and out came the most astonishing invitation that anyone could receive: Follow Me. Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John and 8 other disciples had the privilege of being a part of Jesus’ inner circle, opening up the possibility of asking Him questions and gleaning His wisdom at any time. They had the advantage of increasing in spiritual maturity under the influence of the Mentor of Mentors.
As I was thinking about this, it hits me:
Jesus is speaking the same invitation to me. Right now. Today. And everyday.
And I wonder, Am I expectant? Do I realize that He is right now drawing me to Himself?
My heart beats fast as the reality of that sinks in: Jesus wants me to come hang out with Him so I can learn what it is to be His disciple. I sit stupefied, held up only by the realization that more is to come from His desire to be with me. He wants to be with me now and for each day that is to come. I have the same advantage of growing spiritually with the shaping of His direction. To know His will.
My heart responds with a resounding yes to His summons.
When you go about your day, you might hear “Follow Me” in your heart. He is drawing you to His side to make you a disciple of His. Your life, the tasks you need to complete, and all that entails represents the nets you are holding. I pray you will leave your nets, and come immediately to be with Him.
Make a daily appointment to seek Him without distractions. If you’ve ever set your alarm clock for early in the morning, you might have hit the snooze button a few times. Maybe you’ve tried to set aside a specific time to talk and listen to God, but the “snooze button” just happened so much that the time passed without making your appointment. That’s ok! Simply change the meeting time to a later time today. Then tomorrow, set up another appointment. Keep making appointments and adjusting them until you have built the habit of a regular time to seek God. You show up; He’ll take care of the rest.
Let’s stay in His inner circle.
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