Drop Everything

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16-18

So here comes Jesus walking on the beach. He sees Simon and Andrew working at their trade.

The Bible doesn’t tell us whether there was any small talk or whether they knew of Jesus before this meeting. I guess that means it doesn’t really matter.

And Jesus suddenly invites them to leave their equipment and their business, to drop everything, and follow Him. I doubt if they really understood what Jesus meant by “fishing for people.”

Do you have a hard time understanding how they could simply walk away from everything for an invitation that wasn’t entirely clear? No time to put stuff away or even pack supplies. No goodbyes to family—Simon, at least, was married (verse 30). How could they do that?

I don’t understand that kind of trust. I want to think that I wouldn’t hesitate if He walked by and asked me to drop everything. I want to imagine that I wouldn’t ask if I could leave a note or lock the door or at least pack some spare underwear.

But I’m not so sure.


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