Mark 1:16–20 (ESV)
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately
they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the
hired servants and followed him.
Nothing really exciting in today’s reading, unless you think calling Simon, Andrew, James and John as disciples. Now what is interesting is that all four of
these disciples are fishermen. If you were hiring people for the ministry, where would you begin? Would you start with fishermen? Jesus see things differently than the world. Jesus is the Son of God and can see the hearts of these guys.
They may not seem as qualified would be screened out by most of today’s personnel departments, but Jesus chose them anyway. What is interesting is that all four “immediately” followed him.
pray: O Lord, you chose me to go into the ministry, and I must admit that I did not respond immediately. It took about two years to enter the seminary. You also called me into your kingdom when I was baptized, yet it took me many years
before I understood what was happening. Help me to respond faster when you call and to trust in your ways. I often let doubt in “immediately” when I should simple respond “immediately”. Forgive me, I want to do better.