Day 4

Matthew 4:18-22

18 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 fishermen.

19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

This day began like any other day for Peter and Andrew, James and John. They were two different sets of fisherman brothers working in a profession they knew well and had found success. However, Jesus saw them for who they truly were – fishers of people. Jesus’s invitation was straight and to the point -- “Come, follow me.” There wasn’t a grand announcement or speech, a prerequisite test or prophetic word Jesus gave to them. There wasn’t a set time, appointment or schedule. Rather, Jesus walked into the middle of their busy lives, called out to them and they immediately responded. Neither pair of brothers asked questions, made excuses, justifications or rationalizations. They heard the voice of Jesus and simply obeyed and trusted the one who was calling them. They knew full well this call wasn’t just for Sundays or a few days a week – it was for the rest of their lives. The call of Jesus is an everyday calling and an every moment choice. Wholehearted faith requires action and obedience in response to the greatest of callings: “Come, follow me.” Ask yourself, how can I quiet myself to hear the calling of Jesus and obey him today?