Updated: Feb 14
Christ calls the first of His disciples.
In Mark 1:16-20 we see Christ's call of Peter, Andrew, James, and John. All of these men - fishermen on the Sea of Galilee - were just busy about their usual business when Christ’s call came. I’m sure that Christ’s voice was just one of many voices which these men heard that day. And yet...
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
When Christ said, “Come after me,” they did not hesitate; they immediately forsook everything to follow Christ.
Are we listening for Christ’s voice? I can only imagine how chaotic of a scene this must have been there on the shores of Galilee. Peter and Andrew, James and John trying to direct their employees all the while trying to attend to their customers - those seeking to buy their fish. I imagine that it was just as noisy and chaotic as it will be for many of you as you head into your busy day tomorrow and this week. However, in spite of how “noisy” your life may be, are you listening for the still, sweet voice of Jesus Christ as He seeks to speak to you through His Word? Maybe during your break time, or at lunch, you need to step away to a quiet spot and open up God’s Word and spend some time just with Him.
Are we willing to forsake everything to follow Christ? Not only did these men forsake their businesses - their livelihood - they also forsook their families. Vs. 20 tells us that James and John “left their father.” This reminds me of an incident that occurs later it Christ’s ministry. (Luke 18:18-23). The ruler in this passage was unwilling to forsake all that he had in order to follow Christ.
What are you unwilling to “forsake” so that you can fully follow Christ? Is it a job? Is it a possession? Is it money? Is it a hobby or other activity? Is it a relationship?
Next month, we will have our annual Faith Promise Missions Conference. (Wednesday, February 19 through Sunday, February 23) I would challenge you to do several things:
1) Attend all the services. What if Peter had “called in sick” on the day that Christ was walking by? Don’t miss out on what God has in store for you by staying home. Not only that but, our lives are busy and “noisy.” Coming to the services will give you the opportunity to turn off that noise and listen to and for the voice of God. Usually people just trade one type of noise for another type of noise. They trade the noise of the office for the noise of a television set or some other device.
2) Ask God to speak…to you. I believe that each time you sit under the preaching of God’s Word, He is seeking to speak to you, not to your neighbor!
3) Be willing to forsake anything.
4) Be willing to follow Christ.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
Christ set the example. He forsook everything so that He might fulfill the will of the Father. He gave His life for the sake of the Gospel and that is what Christ is calling us to do as well! Are you willing to "forsake" and "follow?"