“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 fisherman. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.”
Here we read about Jesus calling his first disciples. There is much to be learned from this passage. However, for today I simply want to look at the actual call of Christ.
- “Follow me” - Jesus did not give these men a whole list of instructions. Instead he chose to simply invite/instruct them to follow. Neither did they ask for more instructions. Their obligation at this point was simply to follow him and they did.
- “I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus said that he would MAKE them fishers of men. He did not say that they would become fishers of men. No, Jesus said that HE would MAKE them fishers of men. But first they had to follow him.
Jesus said, “Follow me AND I will make you fishers of men.” If this is true, then it is logical to assume the opposite, “Do not follow me AND I will not make you fishers of men.” These men would become the founding fathers of the Church as we know. BUT, first they had to follow Jesus. Whatever Jesus is calling you to, remember that the first step is to FOLLOW HIM! Do so and he will give you what you need to fulfill that calling.
Romans 9:21 says, “Does not the potter have the right to MAKE out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use.” The Greek word that is translated as MAKE in this verse is poieo. This is the same word used in the passage above. Jesus was telling the disciples that he would form them into what he was calling them to become.
With a potter the methods used to create a given type of pottery will differ depending on the desired results. The same is true for us. God’s call on each of our lives is unique. As such, the methods that God uses to prepare us for this calling will also be unique.
So, where does this leave us?
Well, even as Peter and Andrew’s obligation was to follow Jesus, so is ours. Jesus is promising to MAKE us into what He is calling us to. However, this will not happen automatically. Nor will it happen instantly. Peter spent 3 years simply FOLLOWING JESUS before he became what Jesus was calling him to. Certainly there were glimpses of it along the way, but it was not until Pentecost that Peter’s calling truly came to life and the results were amazing. So, if you want to pursue your calling, start by following Jesus. I have some thoughts on what that looks like, but that is post for another day.
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