Mk.1:17 – And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will have you become fishers of people.”
When Jesus said, ‘Follow Me’, it was the greatest moment of these disciples’ lives. They were being called to be with Jesus. There can be no greater honor in life. The good news is that Jesus is still calling people to just be with Him. Have you heard that voice permeated with sovereign power and kindness calling out to you? Maybe that is what this devotion is about today. Maybe He is calling you to be with Him. ‘Follow Me, and I will have you become fishers of people’. Today He has you in His sights. Stop what you are doing, open wide your heart, begin following close to Jesus. You can begin the great adventure of your life. Here is how Barclay describes the call of the Lord.
“We must notice how he called them. Jesus’ summons was, ‘Follow me!’ It is not to be thought that on this day he stood before them for the first time. No doubt they had stood in the crowd and listened, no doubt they had stayed to talk long after the rest of the crowd had drifted away. No doubt they already had felt the magic of his presence and the magnetism of his eyes. Jesus did not say to them, ‘I have a theological system which I would like you to investigate; I have certain theories that I would like you to think over; I have an ethical system I would like to discuss with you.’ He said, ‘Follow me!’ It all began with a personal reaction to himself; it all began with that tug on the heart which begets the unshakable loyalty. This is not to say that there are none who think themselves into Christianity; but for most of us following Christ is like falling in love.”
This calling to follow Jesus has come several times in my life. The first time I was sitting on the edge of Lake Ponchartrain when Jesus came to me. Most recently, I was flat on my back in the hospital. Jesus woke me from my sleep and called me Fisherman. It was as if that was His name for me. Such kindness and authority I have never heard in a voice before. ‘Follow Me Fisherman, there is a great harvest ready to be taken in the world today’.