Matthew 4:18-20, “18 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. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him”
Who do you work for? Perhaps you work for a small business, a large corporation, the education system, or perhaps you are self employed. What position do you hold in your place of employment?
Work is something that seems to give many people a sense of purpose. However work can come and work can go, people get laid off, retire and even die. Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and called out to two people who were working. He interrupted these two brother fisherman in the midst of casting their nets into the lake in the hopes of bringing in some revenue. Jesus interrupted these men with the now famous words, “Come, follow me,” and I will make you fishers of men.” Would being a fisher of men bring in enough income to feed their families? Would they even be good at doing a new work, this thing of ministry? They knew how to do their job, and I imagine were skilled at it, but would they be equally as skilled if they followed this carpenter, Jesus in the conditional promise to make them fishers of men if they would only follow Him?
In modern times, if Jesus interrupted our jobs to follow him in ministry, perhaps we would have had many of these same thoughts, and questions laboring in our minds. I believe because of the world we live in and how much society tries to impose its values upon us, we perhaps would also have questions such as, what about job security, how about my pension plan, my health benefits, and my seniority at the job.
Despite all of this and because He knew the hearts of men, He was sure and confident in His ability to make these men into something that they were not. Jesus would transform these men because of His ability and not theirs. As a matter of fact this “making them” could not be done apart from the Master. But there was one thing that these men did need to do in order to begin this journey toward transformation. They had to let go of their jobs and follow Him! As simple as could be stated, they would need an attitude that they just “enlisted” to follow Jesus so that He could make them into the very people He said he would, “fishers of men.” Yes Jesus surely did interrupt these men as they were working, unashamedly, and unapologetically.
Their response was to be commended. The Scriptures say of these two brothers” At once they left their nets…,” that is to say their jobs, “and followed him”. We know that these men did not really know what they were getting themselves into, yet there was something about this Jesus that they were willing to trust and submit to. He only asked them to leave and follow. It was like a spiritual wedding if you will, as a man is called to leave his parents and cleave to his wife, so did Jesus call these men to leave their jobs and all that was familiar and to follow (cleave to) Him!
Application: What would you do if Jesus called you to leave your job, to follow Him? Would you trust and obey, or think of all the many reasons that you should stay put right where you are because after all you can still serve God and keep your current lifestyle. Yes you certainly can, that is unless Christ calls you to abandon it, and abandon yourself to Him! Think about it!, Blessings Pastor Phil