March 31

"And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and went after Him." Mark 1:16-20
 
Do you remember playing a simple old game called "follow the leader"?
 
I say simple because it just took one person designated as a leader and the rest of those playing were followers. The object of the game was for the followers to do exactly what the leader did. Those who did not follow the leader were eliminated from the game. Followers were eliminated until the one who followed the best was declared the winner.
 
Were you good at playing "follow the leader"?
 
When Christ began His earthly ministry, He approached some fishermen, Simon, Andrew, James and John, and challenged them to "follow the Leader". They left their nets and their boats and followed.
 
Think about what happened when they answered His call to follow Him. By issuing this call Jesus was asking them to make a career change and walk away from their family business. He was urging them to leave something they knew well, enjoyed and were successful doing to follow Him into an uncertain future.
 
Notice how Mark's Gospel records this account, of Simon and Andrew he says, "They immediately left their nets and followed Him". And, of James and John he wrote, "And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and went after Him."
 
IMMEDIATELY they made the decision to forsake all they knew to follow Him. They didn't call a financial adviser or put their businesses up for sale they IMMEDIATELY dropped their nets, turned their backs on their boats and "followed the Leader"!
 
You must admit that is impressive!
 
Let me ask you, "Are you following the Leader?"
 
They were willing to change their world in order to be used to change yours.
 
God is calling you to follow. Will you answer His call?

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