Matthew 4.21-22 cont.
21 And going on from there He saw two other brothers: James and John, his brother, the sons of Zebedee. They were in the boat with Zebedee mending their nets, and Jesus called them.
22 And immediately, leaving the boat and their father, they followed Him.
Most of the time I have spent working in a worldly environment I have only occasionally had the privilege of working with other born again believers. Mostly I have been the only Christian in the work place. Yet I have always known that Jesus has been with me, so I have not been alone.
The first four disciples were fishermen, so they would share the same interest in fishing and have the same skills that are needed to be fishermen. They had each other, so they could encourage one another and support one another. We are not told what words would have passed between them as they decided to immediately follow Jesus. No doubt they would have said something to each other, which would have helped them to make this momentous decision.
It is always good to have other believers around us who will encourage us in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to make the correct decision in following the ways of Jesus.
It is necessary for us to develop friendships within the Body of the Church that will assist us in spiritual decision making.
As fishermen they were ordinary people, and there would have been a lot of fishermen working on the Sea of Galilee. W Barclay quotes Josephus as saying that he had no difficulty in assembling 240 fishing boats at Tarichaea (This city was also known as Magdala, and was situated on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee).
Therefore, fishing was a thriving industry.
No doubt these first four disciples would have been well known within the fishing community, and their leaving all to follow Jesus may have caused quite a stir amongst the fishing community. In this way it may be that the ministry of Jesus became known amongst the other fisher folk.
Our place of work is an area where Jesus has placed us, as are our families, and circle of friends. Therefore, we need to take on board these words of Jesus:
In this way let your light shine before men, so that they might see your good deeds and so might honour your Father, who is in Heaven – Matthew 5.16.