19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
At first glance this seems random. Why would these fishermen leave their livelihood to follow some dude who they just met? Reading up more it seems as if this was a great honor. Jesus fit the description of a Rabbi. Only promising Talmidin were chosen by Rabbis to walk alongside them. It is kind of like an apprentice. Anyways, the Talmidin was typically the one asking, “Can I follow you?”, but here we see Jesus telling them, “Follow me.”
I love their willingness to say yes. Though it was a great honor, they had a ton of excuses they could have made and a ton of questions, but the text says they left everything and followed Jesus. What if we lived our life like this. I’m not talking about dropping everything and following some random dude. I’m talking about dropping everything and following Jesus.
I have found that Jesus is in constant pursuit of you and I. If I try and hold onto something too closely Jesus is like, “Uhhh hey! What about me over here! The guy who died for all of eternity and their sins! Come here, hold me closely! Drop that phone for a minute and talk to me!”
Whenever I drop everything and follow Jesus is when He is able to really work in my life. When I gave up a love for money, God was able to really help my generosity, which as changed my life. When I gave up my love for lust, God was able to really help my love for others, which changed my life. I want to encourage you to drop whatever you’re holding close to your heart if it’s not Jesus.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. –Matthew 6:21
What am I holding closer than Jesus to my heart?
How can I become closer to Jesus?
Dear Lord, you are the most important thing in our life. I pray You remind us of this every day of our life. Allow this truth to overflow into our relationships with friend and family. We love you. Amen.
Have a great day!