Come Be My Disciple
09 January 2018
GraceNotes – A Journey of Discovery
Scripture: Matthew 4:18-22 (Click link for scripture in Bible Gateway)
In this brief vignette, Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee and came upon some fishermen. Simon Peter and Andrew, two brothers, were casting their net from the rocky shoreline. Jesus boldly said, “Come, be my disciples and I’ll show you a new kind of fishing!” They left their nets and went with him. A little farther along the shore they came upon brothers James and John, mending nets in a boat with their father. Jesus called them to come, too, and they immediately followed him along with Peter and Andrew.
We need to be clear that this isn’t the first time Jesus and these men met. Weeks or months earlier, down in Judea where John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing, Jesus had met and spent time with all four of these men. They had been disciples of John and he had introduced them to Jesus.
Following Jesus is a journey and a process. These men had curious minds and hungry hearts and they were looking for life—a God kind of life! They learned from John, John introduced them to Jesus, Jesus called them into a growing teacher/student relationship, and ultimately they carried the Gospel of the Kingdom to a whole generation!
Following Jesus has a pattern: We have curious minds and hungry hearts. We become aware of Jesus and we make a response. He calls us further and we respond. He begins to give us opportunity to help others and we respond.
Sometimes it seems that our Christian lives have stalled out, that our faith has gone stale. Has he called for a next step and we’ve not responded yet? Here’s a quick faith health check: Whose move is it, his or yours?
Father, Thanks for including us in the greatest thing that’s ever happened! We have curious minds and hungry hearts and we want to follow you more closely and know you better. Help each of us today to be clear on whose move it is and to be quick to respond! Thanks for seeing in us what we can’t see in ourselves and for being patient with us as we learn to follow. In Jesus Name, Amen.