Reading passages in the Bible that include fishermen strike a chord in me. My husband is a fisherman and I often wonder what it would have been lie. If he had been a fisherman in Jesus’ time. If I had been a fisherman’s wife in Jesus’ time.
In this passage we see Jesus walking by the sea where he “happened upon” Simon, Andrew, James and John. They were busy at work, casting nets, ready to catch fish.
”Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.”
Jesus speaks to them. Fishermen. Grungy, smelly fishermen. He asks them to follow Him. To be fishers of men.
Somethin’ tells me this wasn’t a common term or employment opportunity. If someone said this to us today, even with this recollection I doubt our response would be anything like these fishermen’s response.
Straightway. They forsook their nets.
They didn’t question. They didn’t ask for a day or two to think about it.
Straightway. They forsook their nets and followed him.
A fisherman’s life is determined by the weather. Being able to read the wind and waves. Knowing when to head out and when to come into the docks. They know straightway. There must be no hesitancy. They know when they must act. They trust themselves, they have to.
I’ve learned over the last 10 years how well my husband and knows the weather. I’ve learned that he must do things when he says so, even if plans have to be changed. Things must be done straightway.
How often do we feel a tug or even a shove from the Lord, and we ignore it? Say we’re not the right person, it’s not a good time?
Many times when we should have moved straightway, we miss out. Miss out being a blessing, miss out serving the Lord, miss out showing God’s love.
These fisherman straightway left their lives, their families, and followed Jesus. Straightway. They followed Jesus.
While we can’t physically follow Him, we can follow His example. Everywhere He went He showed compassion, love and always gave of Himself. He held nothing back. He gave all of Himself.
Have you ever given all of yourself?
Have you ever followed Jesus’ example? Holding nothing back.
Straightway. No hesitancy. No delay.