When Jesus Calls

Matthew 4:21-22  Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.

If you believe in Jesus that means you have been drawn to Jesus by God the Father–you’ve been called (Jn. 6:44).  This is the general sense in which you answer the call of repentance and testify that Jesus Christ is who He claims to be.  When this happens your life completely changes and you are now set on a new road in life.  The brothers in this passage immediately left their material possessions, their job, and their security and simply went with their Lord.  They started a new life.  Unless we are willing to abandon everything else, we are not able to answer the call of Jesus.  We cannot stay with the boat and our father (so to speak) and also follow Jesus.  Consider this quote from Jesus:

Luke 9:61-62  One said, “I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

What Jesus is really showing here is that to follow him there can be no excuses.  There can be no other affection that would compel you FIRST to say:  “Let me do _____ first.”  Jesus says that if this is your response, you are not fit to be His disciple.  If we have answered the call to Jesus Christ we must remember that our dedication to Him is extreme and it is complete.  All other things in life are a distant 2nd to Him and all things are subject to being cut out of our life if Jesus requires it.


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