Posted by: Josh Gibson | February 10, 2010

Come, Follow Me

18As 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. 19″Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21Going 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, 22and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

What is the significance of this? Well Christ called and these guys were willing to follow. –I see the Come as a command in verse 19. Christ demands our life, our all; it is a choice to respond to his calling.
–I also see that Follow is what Jesus wanted the guys to do. So many times we try and lead or tell God what we are going to do, but we need to be able to follow the direction of God.
– I see a comma between Come and Follow. This means that Jesus called them to Come then Follow, not to come and follow at the same time. To paint a picture, Jesus doesn’t call us and walk away wanting for us to follow, he gives us the chance to come and once we come in fellowhip with him, we will want to follow him. Its a choice as the Disciples had.
– I see “I will make you fisher of men.” When we become saved we don’t turn into super Christians over night, this is the process of sanctification. We can’t do things on our own God makes us who we need to be.
– I see the immediate obedience of the guys. We all know they will be disciples, but these guys were really unsure of what is ahead, they left everything they owned and knew.

Also the story of “The Rich Young Man” we see similar aspects.
Matthew (19:16–30) “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give…come, follow me”
The man didn’t do as God called, for he possessed great wealth in his life, he went away from his encounter with Jesus pretty much depressed.

If we are willing to come and follow Christ he will make all things new.
Is God calling you to leave something behind that is seemingly the only that you know in life to follow him?


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