“If you think you’re leading and no one is following, you’re just taking a walk.” Leadership is evidenced by followership.
As Jesus began his public ministry following his baptism, he launched it in Galilee, a northern province of Israel. Walking beside the Sea of Galilee, also spoken of as Lake Tiberias, Gennesaret or Kinneret, he saw two brothers net fishing. They were fishermen. This was their work, their preoccupation, their daily challenge. But everything was about to change.
With a direct commanding invitation, Jesus mobilized Simon and Andrew into service. “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” One sentence with an invitation, a command and a promise and the lives of these men were forever changed.
Isn’t that the way God works? He finds us where we are. He invites us to investigate a relationship with His Son Jesus Christ and He promises life changes. The invitation is personal and the priority of the moment. Will He invite us to follow again, if we don’t follow Him now? What will it mean to follow? Where is He leading?
The response of these two was prompt. “At once they left their nets and followed him.” No discussion, no debate, no distractions, just ‘all-in’ obedience. This day would be recorded in the pages of all 4 gospels since the strategy of disciple-making was and is the essence of Christ’s ministry.
The group soon doubles. Farther down the shore, two other brothers, sons of a more affluent father, with hired men to assist in the process, were encountered by Jesus. Perhaps the same words were used, Mark doesn’t record them. He simply notes their immediate launch into becoming part of this new band of men whose life calling was to ‘fish’ for men.
How have you responded to Christ’s call? Is disciple-making an abstract concept to read or think about or is your life engaged in it as a central focus? Everyone who claims to be a Christian needs to ask themselves 2 questions.
#1 Am I following Jesus Christ?
#2 What is He making me into, as I follow Him?
May there be ‘leaving of our nets’ today that we may demonstrate clearly we have heard the call of our Master!