Reading: Matthew 4: 18-22
What has been the scariest step of faith you have ever taken? When have you stepped out boldly for your faith? For me it was leaving a job I had known and loved for 23 years to follow God’s call. I would love to say I was as spontaneous and trusting as those first disciples, but that is far from the truth. It was a long and slow process that involved lots of prayer and many conversations with family and trusted friends. But it was a process through which God worked in amazing and powerful ways.
For Andrew and Peter, and then for James and John, the bold step of faith that they took amazes me. They are sitting there at work, doing the only job they have ever known, when a stranger walks up and says, “Come, follow me”. Certainly they did not have a clue what this really meant nor how the course of their lives would change forever. There is no way they could have foreseen the journey they were about to begin the moment they left their nets and followed Jesus.
The same is true for each one of us that has chosen to follow Jesus. Most are like me, answering a gradual call. Others answer His call in a flash as Jesus breaks suddenly into their lives, like He did with these simple fishermen. We all enter into our relationship with Jesus and begin our journey of faith, not ever really knowing where He will take us physically or spiritually, but usually eager to see where that is.
If we faithfully follow, Jesus will lead and guide. He will also provide us those moments, like He did with the first disciples, when He says, “Come, follow me”. These are not forever or career-changing moments, but temporary side trips. They are the come, share a meal with this homeless man moments. They are come, mentor this new Christian as they begin their journey of faith moments. Whether big or small, safe or risky, these moments are part of our journey of faith and our responses demonstrate our obedience to Jesus as Lord. Lord, grant me a willing spirit and a courageous heart today when You call.