Come. Follow. Fish.
Come. Follow. Fish. This is what Jesus told his first disciples to do. This was the action that would set them apart from the rest of the world. This is still to typify Christian, making us different from everyone else in the world. In a good way….
It takes courage to come. When we really come to Jesus, things begin to change — our perspective of things, our me-oriented life-styles, our freedom to do whatever we want. We risk everything if we come to Jesus. AND–we position ourselves to receive something we can ever get anywhere else — love unmatched, purpose to fuel our lives, a grand future out of this world. Coming to Jesus is ALWAYS worth it. We just need to be sure we don’t play games with this. We may fool ourselves sometimes, but Jesus always knows when we’re really coming to Him or just playing a dangerous game. He calls us to actually come.
It takes commitment to follow. This is not a fruitless exercise He’s calling us to play, but a risky high-stakes venture that requires everything we’ve got. He leads us on a dangerous cause that can only be successful as we “fix our eyes on Jesus” and never stop following His every move and momentary commands. I’m so grateful for His grace–that in our stupidity and errors, He covers for us and leads us back into the fray. But He wants our lives to matter big time. We leave a lot of things behind when we really follow Jesus…carnal/personal dreams, material things, free time, a casual life-style. But He leads us into things that no-one else could ever match–a high-flying adventure with a life-and-death intensity. He leads us into the eye of the storm to rescue the lost and imprisoned. It takes commitment to follow.
It takes embracing a great cause to fish. He’s not telling us to “fish for people” just for the fun of it. It can be fun…but a lot of times it’s really scary, humiliating, dangerous, and stressful. He tells us to fish because lots of lost people need someone to “catch” them. The more fishermen and fisherwomen there are, the more people that will be caught. So He calls us ALL to be a part of fishing. It’s a part of Jesus’ equation to come and follow. This is one of the major reasons He calls us to come and follow–so that we will fish. He taught His first disciples how to fish. He wants to teach us how to fish too. But before we will ever really be good fishers, we need to fully embrace the Great Cause. If we don’t really get this, we won’t be driven to fish.
We’re on a journey in the 8 weeks ahead. We’re not only going to learn what Jesus meant when He said, “Come. Follow. Fish,” but we’re going to step into the obedience of doing it. Give it everything you’ve got these 8 weeks. Let’s surge in our spiritual development as we engage in our Come and Follow series.
It’s not about us at all. It’s all about Jesus…