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. And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. | Matthew 4:18-22
“Follow ME.” Are you good at obeying? I’m talking about receiving instructions and completing each and every single point without hesitation or question. In my own life, I struggle with obedience on a daily basis. As believers, we are called to look at Christ and walk in tune with His will.
In my Sunday school class, we are currently venturing through the life of Jesus Christ. A handful of weeks ago, we went over how Jesus picked His disciples. The kids in my class are mostly 1st graders. They didn’t really enjoy trying to remember so many random names, but they did enjoy their craft per usual. Since you are just dying of curiosity, I will have you know that we made paper plate fishes!
The reason why we made paper plate fishes was to tie it back to the story. Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee in search of very specific fishermen, and He point-blank told them to follow Him in order to become fishers of men!
These guys were not really anything special. They weren’t holier, smarter, or richer than the other people there, but Jesus chose them to be His disciples. What really amazes me to this day is their obedience. They were literally in the middle of their work when Jesus came onto the scene. As soon as He spoke, they just dropped everything and followed Jesus! James and John even left their dad and got off the boat!
These men abandoned their livelihoods. Think back to when God called Abram out of his home and didn’t even tell him where he was going! Abram followed God completely in the dark. The disciples followed Jesus in a similar way during His ministry.
When I was a kid and my dad told me to do something, I would almost always follow up with “Why?” Let’s just say that one word probably got me more spankings than any of the others. Well, I am an adult now, and I’ll be honest. When God tells me to do something, I’ll either ask “Wait, could You say that again?” or ask for more clarification. In all honesty, I’m just delaying instead of obeying. If I truly believe Him to be omniscient and sovereign, then why do I struggle to obey without question?
We live in a modern age of information that can be accessed in seconds within seconds of thinking the question. Thanks to Google, Wikipedia, and even Urban Dictionary, we can find out just about every answer. God doesn’t work that way. He wants us to live by faith. He wants us to live an unexplained life.
Do you live in such a way that you set up back up plans for your back plans, or do you live like you are walking a tight rope without a safety net so that God ABSOLUTELY MUST intervene? When people look at your life, do they see a very capable person or do they see a life that is fully enveloped by God’s mighty hands? At the end of the day, are you getting the glory or is God?