Matthew 4:18-22, English Standard Version
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.
The invitation may seem simple. In our world of social media, following someone probably doesn’t seem very significant. When you are following hundreds of people on Instagram and Twitter and when you’re friends with hundreds (or thousands) on Facebook, following may not seem like a big deal.
But that is not what Jesus is talking about. Following Jesus is a huge deal.
He’s not inviting us to a party. He’s not asking us to hang out with him for a while. He’s not asking us to be his cheerleaders. His invitation is not casual. It’s a big deal!
He calls us to lifelong discipleship. It is life-altering. Consider his words in Luke 9:23: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
To live for Jesus is life-transforming. It will necessarily require change. It will cause us to rearrange our priorities. Following Jesus is the best way–actually, the only truly significant way–to live your life!
To follow Jesus is to join him in his mission. To fish for people is to help other people become followers of Jesus. Followers of Jesus make followers of Jesus.
So how about you? Are you following Jesus? Will you follow him?
– Pastor Luke