following Jesus and thoughts on future

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. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Matthew 4:18-20

The call to follow Christ is tied with the departure from a previous way of things. Simon and Peter left their stable source of income, their calculable way of life, their previous identifications, their rational securities and followed Jesus. The road ahead became uncertain and unplanned; all they knew is to adhere to Christ, wherever He takes them.

I reflected upon this passage and wondered, if I were Peter or Andrew, how much am I still holding on to even at this stage in my walk with Christ? I am probably still dragging along my net or some fish for the journey, just in case I need a fallback plan. The truth is, Jesus would not be pleased with that type of following. What Jesus expected from his invitation to follow Him was absolute trust in Him and complete obedience thereafterwards. There was and is nothing else you need.

Peter and Andrew’s decision was immediate. What they did in, what seemed like five minutes, I am still trying to do after eight years. God give us grace to surrender it all.

Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.

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