Jesus began His public ministry, essentially taking the baton from John the Baptist and moving it way forward. John had said “repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand”, and that’s the exact message Jesus started with. Jesus, however, didn’t just have ‘prepare the way’ in mind; He had “it’s here, now” in mind!
The he people of the region responded very enthusiastically, and we can understand why! “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4: 23)
He was teaching the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every kind of sickness and disease. That is a powerful combination of word and deed! That helped the people know that Jesus was Legit!
As He was doing that, he came across Peter, James and John–3 fishermen–and said “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:19-20)
The “immediately” left everything and followed Him. Makes you wonder: were they hoping to be called? Were they prepared? Were they ready in some way?
Maybe it was cultural: ‘A Rabbi calls, you go!’; Maybe it was something from their upbringing: ‘Always look for ways to serve God!’…or maybe it was just that something about Jesus caused them to know that He was different–He was the real deal.
Regardless, Jesus said ‘Drop It! Follow Me’, and they “IMMEDIATELY left their nets” and followed Him! They left everything they’d known, the family business, their plans for the future…they left it all!
Makes me wonder: What am I willing to ‘drop’ to follow Him?
When He calls me to follow, do I find excuses not to? Is my normal attitude and direction one of following Him immediately, or one of quibbling with Him and stalling?
Lord, help me to hear Your voice and to follow, immediately…whatever the cost!