Building a Relationship

May 21, 2011

“Immediately they left their nets and they followed Him.” – Matthew 4:20

The Bible tells the story of Andrew and Peter going from fishermen to becoming 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.” And it means giving up all that’s familiar in your life, 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. Look at Scripture in light of Scripture. The fact is that Andrew and Peter were introduced to Jesus and spent a 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) And they began to be convicted of their sins. Soon after that, 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 was the man. If you take the time to get to know Jesus through His Word, you may want to follow Him, too. If you do, your life will never be the same!