Jesus Calls You
Do you remember a time when someone invited you to join a club or a civic group because they saw something in you that they wanted you to be a part of their organization? Today Jesus’ invitation to you is for you to follow him, please read Mark 1:16-20. As we read this passage of Scripture, we need to know that in Jesus’ day people actually would ask a Rabbi if they could follow and learn from them. Jesus does just the opposite, he actually invites four unlikely men to follow him. Jesus being the Son of God knew right where they were at and what they were doing when he invited them to follow him. The same is true for you as well. Jesus knows everything about you and your situation and he is inviting you to follow him. What did Jesus mean when he said follow me and I will make you become fishers of men? First what does it mean to follow Jesus? To follow Jesus means that I must first identify myself with him. He identified with us through his baptism. (Vs. 9-11) We identify ourselves with him through repentance and believing the good news! (vs. 15) When we follow Jesus, we also submit to his authority over our lives and learn to walk in his ways. Could it be that the reason why so many people are actually miserable is because when as children they heard Jesus call them, went through baptism and then went their own way as they grew older? Living in disobedience to the Lord Jesus will not result in a happy life nor a blessed life. When Jesus walked by Peter and Andrew and gave them that invitation, they immediately stopped what they were doing and started following him. Obedience to Jesus is the reason why Peter, Andrew, James and John got to be a part of Jesus ministry. There life was never the same when they followed Jesus and neither will your life. As followers of Jesus we must obey his commands, his instructions immediately like Peter and Andrew, also as followers of Jesus we must obey his commands completely like James and John. All four of these men would learn to deny themselves taking up their cross daily seeking after the Lord as they followed him. They would learn to depend upon him for instruction, learning to depend upon him for provision, learning to rest in him each day. It has been said before and it bears saying again: we cannot stay where we are and follow Jesus daily at the same time. We have to learn to walk with him just as these four men did when Jesus called them to follow him. Are you following Jesus?