Jesus bids us the same call as Simon, Andrew, and the sons of Zebedee. These men are going about their day, and Jesus calls them to “Come, follow me.”
These first disciples drop their day jobs, leave their nets, and follow Jesus. The disciples show true faith in not packing their nets along with them as a measure of security. They leave them behind.
For Andrew and Simon, Jesus says that they will fish for people instead of catching fish. With James and John, Jesus does not offer a similar pun, but the same is true. The brothers were mending their nets. In their world, they were prepared and trained to stitch up nets to catch more fish, but with God’s vision they were preparing to know how to stitch up, mend, and repair relationships.
The disciples had packed bags of practicality. Those with eyes to see will notice what other gifts and talents come with these practical skills and how they can be used for God’s kingdom.
~ Ben Brown ~