As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Matthew 4 : 18 – 20
I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure!
I’ve never been a very decisive person. I like to ponder the pros and cons of something before I make a decision; to think it through and play out a few “what if” scenarios in my head.
We read in this passage that Simon Peter and Andrew left their nets “at once” and followed Jesus. Reading the story of the calling of these same two disciples in John’s gospel (John 1: 35-42), we can assume that Jesus was not a complete stranger to them but, even so, to abandon their livelihoods and follow Jesus was an incredibly decisive and courageous thing to do.
Imagine how different this story might read if Simon Peter and Andrew had weighed up the pros and cons of leaving their nets and following Jesus; if they had stayed behind to play out a few “what if” scenarios. They couldn’t possibly have envisaged what was ahead, however hard they tried. And what a life-changing experience they would have missed out on if they hadn’t responded to that call!
Jesus calls us to be his disciples too. What is he calling us to leave behind? Are we brave enough to step outside of our comfort zone to follow him?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the example set by the disciples in this Gospel passage. We thank you for their courage and decisiveness. Help us to be alert to the moments when you are calling us to action and give us the courage to respond.
Action: Take a quiet moment sometime today to read this short passage again and use your imagination to put yourself into that scene as either Simon Peter or Andrew. When Jesus says to you personally “Come with me….” what is your reaction? Are you ready to respond?