The next section of Matthew speaks of Jesus calling His disciples. Here’s the scripture:
“As he was walking by the shore of Lake Galilee, Jesus noticed two fishermen who were brothers. One was nicknamed Keefa (later called Peter), and the other was Andrew, his brother. Watching as they were casting their nets into the water, Jesus called out to them and said, “Come and follow me, and I will transform you into men who catch people for God.” Immediately they dropped their nets and left everything behind to follow Jesus. Leaving there, Jesus found three other men sitting in a boat, mending their nets. Two were brothers, Jacob and John, and they were with their father, Zebedee. Jesus called Jacob and John to his side and said to them, “Come and follow Me.” And at once they left their boat and their father, and began to follow Jesus.” – Matthew 4:18-22
So…Jesus is walking by the shore of this lake. He sees 2 guys and just blurts out, “Follow me” and what do they do….they follow him.
Did they know that he was Jesus, the Son of God? What prompted them to just leave everything and follow. Why? Why on earth would they just drop it all and follow Jesus?
I had to dig a little deeper into why they just dropped it all and followed. Here’s a bit of that research:
Matthew reports that Peter and Andrew did not hesitate for a moment. Andrew, at least, had already served as a disciple under John the Baptist. The brothers believed Jesus to be the Messiah, the promised Christ who would bring the kingdom of heaven to earth. They understood who Jesus was and the role He was giving them as trainees under His leadership.
They apparently did not even pack up their work. They left their nets behind and immediately began to follow Jesus, demonstrating full commitment to whatever path He would lead them on. Their faith in Jesus is remarkable, though they did not yet have any idea what they were getting into.
Some of the men’s willingness to immediately follow Jesus, here, is explained by their earlier encounter with Christ (John 1:35–42). This is not a stranger, it’s someone they already know, and have good reason to want to follow.
OK. So that makes a little more sense. They kind of knew how Jesus was, had been hanging with John for a bit so he wasn’t a complete stranger…but….as it says here, “their faith in Jesus was remarkable, they did not yet have any ideas what they were getting into.”
Isn’t that the case sometimes, we have no idea, literally no idea what we are getting into when we follow Jesus, yet, we do. We follow Him. We go, sight unseen, into the unknown of it all and do not hesitate….
Do we really just jump off the ledge and go for it? Um…no. We don’t. Our faith is tested and tried so often and our human-ness gets in the way of our “all in-ness”. We don’t have it….I don’t have it….I want it…but I don’t have it.
Jesus..that we would be all-in, all the time, in everything that we do.
Jesus…help our unbelief.