In Matthew chapter 4 we read about two brothers, Peter and Andrew. Peter and Andrew were fishermen by trade and they were out on the Sea of Galilee doing what they were always doing, fishing. Jesus walks by these two brothers and in verse 19 he says
“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”
Their lives were radically changed the day Jesus walked by. An invitation was extended and what was their response? Straightway they left their nets, meaning right then and there. There was no delay. They went. Understand this, Jesus is here for you this morning with an invitation. An invitation to trust him enough to surrender your life fully to him. And what does that really look like? It looks like bringing all you worries, all your messes and all your stresses to him and saying, “I can’t do this without you. Help. My way doesn’t work, I want it your way.”
Here’s what I really love about the story of these two fishermen, Jesus made the roles very clear. Your job is to FOLLOW. My job is to MAKE something out of you.
Jesus said FOLLOW ME and I will MAKE YOU fishers of men. We get all caught up in the details of when and how, when all this time all we needed to do is follow him. Our job is to follow Jesus. Follow him. Pursue him. It is the pursuit of Jesus that changes us. It is our pursuit of success and our pursuit of money, our pursuit of status and our pursuit of approval that leads us astray. Pursue him. All along all we’ve needed to do was pursue Jesus and follow after him and all that needs to change in our life will change. The pursuit changes us. This is how we become who we were created to be.
And we can begin that journey immediately. Jesus is extending his hand once again and saying “hey, I have this great life available to you. I have had these big plans in mind for you all along. Dad and i were in on this together and if you’ll trust me, I’ll help you. I’ll make something big out of your life. Come with me. Follow me.”
How about an immediate YES this morning? How about you drop whatever it is you’re doing, whatever it is you’re clinging to so tightly and say “yes Lord, I will follow you.”
I believe when we get our roles right, then we finally see the change we’ve been seeking.
Follow me – that’s your job
Make you – that’s his job
It’s it reassuring to know you’re not solely responsible for making something out of your life? This isn’t all up to you. The pursuit of Jesus will lead you exactly where you need to go. Your job is to follow him.
You say to me, okay well that all sounds good, but tell me exactly HOW do I follow Jesus. I think like that as well. I’m very practical. Tell me HOW to do something and I will do it, but you gotta be clear with me. HOW. Give me some steps here.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen Jesus walking by me lately. I’ve even been standing on the bank of a lake fishing just as Peter and Andrew were and Jesus didn’t walk by. So how am I suppose to follow him if he’s not walking by? I don’t feel like he’s been showing up? I bet every single one of us would drop everything we’re doing if Jesus literally showed up in our world today and spoke to us.
But what if this whole “follow Jesus” thing was as simple as saying “hey God, I’m here. I’m seeking you. I want your way over my own way. I’m ready now.”
What brings you to that place of being ready now? Failure. Disappointment. Delays.
Oh yes, once again, all things work together for good. God is using your failure, your disappointment, and your delays to bring you to this place of finally being ready to follow him. Everything in your life is being used for your journey now. Nothing is wasted.
Get out of your own head here sister. You don’t have to understand HOW God is going to use everything. You don’t have to understand how all the pieces are going to fit together here. That’s his job. He does the making. He will make you into who you were created to be. And isn’t that what he’s been doing all along? He’s just been preparing you to step into your destiny. Preparing you to live the BIG Life he had in mind for you from the very beginning.
This chapter of your life could be titled “The Pursuit of Jesus”. Maybe there are a whole lot of things that don’t make sense in your world right now and maybe they’re not supposed to. Maybe this is just where you follow Jesus. This is the part of the story where you wake up every day and say “Jesus, I’m looking for you today. My eyes are open and my answer is yes.”