I am always interested by the men who followed Jesus. Why did they follow when others didn’t?
There were many men who considered following Christ. Most had good reason not to come. Many had good reason to delay. One man wanted to bury his father. Another had business to complete. Jesus told both these men to forget those tasks and follow him instantly. He seems unreasonable. Why shouldn’t a man bury his father? What reasonable person could possibly deny such a request? How much time would the business really have taken?
But Christ was firm, follow me now. The men turned aside and didn’t come back.
On the other hand when Jesus met Peter and Andrew they were mending nets. they were busy. they had work to do. The Lord called them and they put aside their work in a moment. They followed Christ immediately. Shortly afterwards the lord found James and John and called them. Again they followed Christ immediately.
Why does it matter so much that they followed immediately? There is a simple answer. The Lord seeks men and women who desire him above all things. When he loved us he loved us above all things. He gave up his majesty, his glory, his power and limited himself to a human body. He gave up his life because he loved and wanted us, his people. He longs to receive the same passion, the same love in return.
I know that when I finished my studies I had a chance to move to take a job. I chose instead to move for a church. At the time it seemed a very brave decision. I didn’t know it then but I had a very short opportunity. If I had waited I would have begun my career. I might have settled down and bought a house. Following the lord would have been little more than a memory. I cannot believe how fortunate I was that the Lord made my decision easy.
The Lord calls for people who think of him before anything else. It isn’t easy. Usually we fail. Fortunately his love for us never changes no matter how often we fall but if you have the chance to follow the Lord, if it means moving, if it means leaving jobs or friends follow him. There is always a reason to wait. it is usually a good reason but when the Lord calls, follow him.