Mark 1:16-20 – 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. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 8At once they left their nets and followed him. 19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Jesus did not put up a sign up sheet in the carpenter’s shop that said Interested in following me sign up here. Jesus takes the initiative by seeking out followers to come and follow.
Jesus did not ask for volunteers to be a part of the kingdom expansion. He simply asked people to follow him. What is interesting is that these men had no special preparation. Jesus did not choose the socially prominent; the best trained or even the most religiously devout. He did not find them in a synagogue he simply was walking by and he called them to follow him.
Jesus gave them a call to action. Jesus did not call them to go to the temple and learn about him. He called him to follow him so that they could do something. Answering the call of Jesus does not mean you simply come to church, sing a few songs, help out around the church from time to time and give an offering. Answering the call of Jesus is a call to action. Jesus requires absolute obedience and sacrifice.
Discipleship is not a part-time hobby done on Sundays, but a lifetime commitment. You must be prepared to leave everything behind to follow him. Following Jesus is not about mastering the facts of his word; it is about being a part of his mission. Look at verse 17 again, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus was not calling his disciples to be a part of a study group he was calling them to be a part of his mission.