16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee (now I know why Don loves the water so much), he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. (Don loves to fish, too)
17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
(The disciples “fished” … Jesus “caught.”)
18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.
20 He called them at once, and they also immediately followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
Can’t you just picture Jesus strolling on the beach enjoying the beauty of His creation?
Simon, Andrew, James and John were all commercial fishermen. When Jesus beckoned them, they each one immediately abandoned what they did for a living and followed Him. I wonder who acquired Simon and Andrews nets and boats.
James and John also left their father to follow Jesus.
Following Christ comes with a “price.” However, Don and I have found out that we can not out-give God. The blessing of serving Him is worth more than anything this world has to offer.
It seems that these four disciples literally jumped at the invitation extended to them to follow Jesus. They must have heard about Him already! I’m also pretty sure that they were very teachable… learning how to “fish” for people.
The application for me, is obvious. LaVon, don’t delay when God calls::: listen, learn, obey.
How does Mark 1:16-20 speak to you?