A Deeper Calling
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
When someone requests that you “follow them,” what are they usually referring to? The first thing that comes to my mind is following someone on twitter, facebook, or instagram. All it takes to be a follower of someone today is a click of a button on a computer. After that moment, you have access to everything that person shares! You get to see their pictures, read their daily updates, hear about what they ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner – the possibilities are endless! And the crazy thing is that you get to watch and “follow” from a distance. You don’t ever have to talk to the person if you don’t want to. It is a no-commitment, low-risk relationship.
I’m afraid that too many of us are getting so used to following people on social media that we tend to follow Jesus the same way. We only want to follow Him on certain days of the week. We follow from a distance – a distance that requires no commitment and no sacrifice on our end. But when I read the Bible, I see people following Jesus in a much different way. It says that when Jesus called James and John to follow Him, they immediately left their boat and their father. That boat was their career and their entire way of life. And that decision to follow Jesus resulted in literally changing the world! Are you following Jesus like this- all in, fully committed, willing to do anything? Or are you just a social media follower of Jesus- following from a safe distance that doesn’t require much of anything on your part?
God, help us to realize if we are falling short of following You the way that You have called us to. Stir our hearts with a passion to give you our full commitment and give us the strength to live for you in every aspect of our lives.