Sunday, April 03, 2016

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 send you out to fish for people." 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 

In this text, we learn three things about following Jesus:
1. Jesus makes the first move. 
Andrew and Peter were not searching for enlightenment; James and John were not looking for a guru or sensei to teach them a better way. Instead, Jesus went looking for them . . . just as he goes looking for us.
2. Jesus surprises us.
Casting nets, mending nets -- these are routine tasks, performed by men who expect nothing more from that day than "the same old thing." But Jesus made that day special for them . . . just as he does for us.
3. Jesus is worth it.
Each of these men left something behind: Andrew and Peter a hand-net, James and John a fishing boat. Yet each one did so willingly in order to follow Jesus.
In short, discipleship is not like exercise; it is not a program we choose to follow at a time and a place and a cost of our own choosing.
Instead, it is more like falling in love: 

Undeserved.

Unexpected.

And utterly transforming.


(Adapted from the post on January 11, 2008).

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