Matthew 4.18-20 cont.
18 Now walking beside the sea of Galilee He saw two brothers, Simon, the one called Peter, and Andrew, his brother. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
19 And He said (says) to them: “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
20 Then they immediately left the nets and followed Him.
Do we expect Jesus to speak to us whilst we are at work? It is quite easy to see our occupation as something that is different and separate from the life that we have in Jesus. In these verses we see that Jesus came to Simon and Andrew whilst they were at work, and it was in this environment that He called them to be His disciples.
The day after I had received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour I told every one of my work mates, and they all respected what I had to say. I was just 15 years old. Like many others, I was encouraged to tell other people about my encounter with Jesus; therefore, I shared this at work.
Our workplace is not am environment into which Jesus does not enter. He comes to us wherever we are, and we must take Him into whatever situation we are in: work, family, and social group.
It was whilst Simon and Andrew were working that Jesus calls them to follow Him.
Once again we must see that the word ‘come’ was a command of Jesus. It was not an invite, but a command, and since Jesus issued the command we must see that it is filled with His authority and power to enable Simon and Andrew to go to Him.
It was a command that gave them the means of leaving behind their trade as fishermen.
Whenever Jesus says to us ‘Come’ He also gives us the power and authority to leave what we are doing and follow Him.
For many it will not involve leaving the occupation they are involved in, but rather to follow Him within that occupation.
For others the call of Jesus to come to Him will involve a change of occupation.
Following Jesus means to get behind Him so that we can see the way in which He leads us.
It is a good sight to see a mother duck swimming in the water and her chicks following behind where she goes.
In the same way Jesus calls us to line up behind Him and follow Him, wherever He takes us.
Each day we must be determined to follow Jesus.