I just recently did my preschool/Kindergarten Sunday school lesson on the story of Peter and Andrew being called by Jesus to be his first two disciples. It’s one of my favorite little stories in the Bible. They were just carrying about with their job as fishermen when Jesus called to them from the shore to “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Maybe its the common thing of them and my husband being fishermen that draws me to it. Or maybe it’s the little tune that the children in our church learned this summer that quotes the scriptures Matthew 4:18-20
‘As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting their net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come follow me,” Jesus said “I will make you fishers of men.” At once, they left their nets and followed Him.’
Not sure what exactly it is, but I love it!
AT ONCE they left their nets and followed Him. As I was trying hard to press how ready and willing they needed to be to follow Jesus when he calls them, I had to take a step back and look at myself.
One thing that I was really trying to emphasize with the kids in my class was the point that when Jesus asked them to “Come follow him”, Peter and Andrew didn’t even hesitate. They didn’t say “Let us finish this first” or “I’m not ready or able”.
How willing am I to follow Him when He asks? Do I give the excuses “I’m not able”, “I’m not qualified for that”, “I need to finish these commitments first”, etc. I know that I use excuses at times for sure. Do you find yourself in this place? Do you always have excuses when Jesus asks you to follow him in something?
I pray that not only can I relay this message to others, but that I myself will have the faith and courage to AT ONCE follow Him!
Blessings to you!