The Bible tells the story of Andrew and Peter going from being fishermen to fishers of men. We are introduced to them with this verse: “Immediately they left their nets, and they followed Him.” Frankly, this verse has always disturbed me. Imagine a stranger walking up to you while you are working. You don’t know this man, but He says, “Follow Me.” It means giving up all that’s familiar in your life – your family, friends, and your occupation – to follow Him. Yes, He’s dynamic and charismatic. But dropping everything and blindly following him? I just can’t identify with that.
Fortunately, it didn’t happen that way. The fact is Andrew and Peter were introduced to Jesus and had spent a full day listening and talking to Him. (John 1:35-42) Then they heard Him preach. They even saw how Jesus knew a whole lot more about fishing than they did. (Luke 5:1-11) They had seen Him healing the sick in their home towns (Matthew 4:23). After all that, they realized He was not just a man, but the Messiah – the God-man and truly became convicted of their sins. Jesus approached them and said, “Follow Me, and I’ll make you fishers of men.” At that point, they were ready to drop everything and follow Jesus. (Matthew 4:18-20)
No, they didn’t blindly follow Jesus. They had seen and heard enough to believe He is the Man – the Messiah. If you get to know Jesus from the Bible, you’ll see His calling for you will be the same as it was for Andrew and Peter, “Follow me. I’ll make you fishers of men.”