Sunday, January 23, 2011
Matthew paints a beautiful image. Jesus walks by the Sea of Galilee, he sees two brothers — Simon Peter and Andrew. They’re working as fishermen, casting a net into the sea, and Jesus says to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people."
Notice that his initial invitation is not “listen to me,” “believe in me,” “bow down to me,” or “take a course in theology” — it is “follow me.” Discipleship begins with walking … with faithful following.
Immediately they leave their nets and fall in behind him.
Moving on down the road, Jesus sees two other brothers, James and John, who are in a boat with their father, mending their nets. He calls to them in the same way, and they leave both their boat and their father, and follow Jesus on foot.
So let’s be more like Simon Peter. Let’s respond to the call of Christ with energetic, faithful following.
The challenge for each of us is to hit the road — falling down, getting up, sinking, being saved, and then being willing to tell our stories to others. That’s what it means to follow Jesus, and that’s what will attract others to be active disciples along with us.