Can you possibly imagine how it was in Galilee on that day when Jesus took a morning stroll-around and began to pick his first disciples. Think about it. Here are these burly, probably rough men, fishers, tending their nets and boats, thinking mundane thoughts, considering their obligations and anticipating another routine day of hard work when Jesus, the Master of the Universe walked by. He stopped, fixed His gaze on them, and beckoned.
“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.
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, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
Matthew 4:18-22 NIV
Perhaps in part because Jerry and I are taking on a new ministerial venture, did I want to look into this story for my reading on this spectacular Monday morning. From a child, I have memories of God’s calling me. No, I have never seen Him, never had a vision, nor have I heard Him audibly speak to me. But I am 100 percent sure He has uttered my name, has spoken personal messages to me, has tapped my shoulder, has whispered in my ear, “Follow Me!”
Such a divine touch can never be forgotten, or cast aside, or minimized. Because I know that, I am fascinated with these scriptures, and with thinking of those sinful men, who stood now in the presence of Jesus, who gazed straight into their souls and said, “Leave all this stuff. Forsake it. Hang up your nets, store your boats…Follow me.”
To a hungry, sincere person, there is something riveting and magnetic when Jesus extends an invitation to follow Him. What an incredible, beautiful journey lies in wait for those who accept the challenge of forsaking all, and falling into step with Jesus, the Master of the World. It is an abundant, joyful, exhilarating life.
Glad He selected me, touched me, tagged me. Glad He looked deep into my soul when I was a tiny girl and said, “Come, I want you for my Kingdom. Follow me.”
I know you who now follow Him have your own encouraging words to add here, and I’m eager to read them.
Are there others? Are you perhaps reading here today, and have not answered His call? You may have felt the tug of His Spirit, have heard His unique voice, and have felt His eyes, looking deep into your soul. Why not respond today. You can do that wherever you are–in your home, in your office, in the library. He wants to come into your heart, wants to flood you with His Spirit, and lead you and guide you into all Truth.
There may be someone reading this who needs help in finding your way. Let me know, and I will do what I can to point you in the right direction.
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