January 13, 2020
Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:14-20)
The more time I spend with scripture, the more fascinated I become by the deliberateness of word choice by the evangelists. The word abandoned speaks volumes about the affect Jesus had on people, and the incredible faith shown by some of those who chose to follow Him. There is an immediacy and finality to the word abandoned. When they abandoned their nets, they instantly acknowledged and accepted the fact that their lives would never be the same. Jesus inspired a certainty of purpose for them.
I can’t think of very many at once decisions I have made in my life. I usually reflect on a situation, weigh the pros and cons, and talk it over with my spouse, children, or friends. Then I mull it over for a few days. Even then I doubt myself, wondering if I have made the right decision.
The apostles knew very little about Jesus, yet they abandoned their nets to follow Him. We know so much more about Him. We understand who He is and what He wants from us; and yet, we struggle to respond to His call.
The finality of abandoning our nets may be too much for us. Fear, doubt, and lack of trust tend to creep in.
Why don’t we start by setting our nets down next to us, within arms length, and giving Him some of our attention? Who knows, we might discover we don’t need our nets after all.