After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!” As Jesus passed alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him. After going a little farther, he saw James and John, Zebedee’s sons, in their boat repairing the fishing nets. At that very moment he called them. They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.
Food For Thought:
I am fascinated by these first called disciples. I would have had so many questions ― Who are you? Where are we going? Who else is going to be there? How long will it take? Will there be food? What should I bring? Why me? ― but they asked none of my questions. Jesus says, “Follow me” and they follow him. I don’t know about you, but “Why me?” is the question that stops me in my tracks. How could God possibly use me? What do I have to offer? What if I fail? What if no one else thinks I can do it? I always remember that God is saying FOLLOW ME! God is asking ME to follow. So maybe I just need to stop asking so many questions, drop my net, and get to following Jesus with my life ―wherever he may lead.
Jesus, you ask me to follow you, but I feel uncertain and hesitant sometimes. Forgive me for all my questions and for all my doubt. Wherever you are leading – to a new project, to a new person, to a new job, to a new school, to a new city, to a new relationship – I will follow. Give me courage where I feel weak and give me peace where I feel anxious. Amen.