Have you ever read Mark 1:16-20? I don’t mean that you skimmed it just trying to get past it so you could read about some miracles. No, I mean have you read it? This story is powerful, and I know that I for one skip over it all of the time.
Mark 1:16-20As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
Did anybody catch that? I’m not talking about Jesus asking some fishermen to be His disciples, nor am I talking about Jesus telling them they are going to fish for men. There is something a little deeper.Jesus walks up to the first two men, who are minding their own business, and tells them to follow Him. First, that is pretty crazy in and of itself, but it gets crazier. They actually get up and follow Him! He could have been a psychopath who wanted to hit them over the head and steal their fish stuff, but that isn’t even the craziest part!
Here is the craziest part: “And immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
They left their nets and followed Him.They left their nets.Their nets.They don’t follow Jesus, but keep a back up plan.They leave it all for something greater, something more.The story gets even crazier! The next set of guys does something even more extreme!Listen to this: “Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.” James and John left their father and their nets! They left everything they had! They did not hold anything back or wait for anything. They followed Jesus.
So here is the question,
“How many times does Jesus say to follow me and we follow Him, but we keep our nets?”
Jesus isn’t just asking us to follow Him for a moment or a time, rather He is asking us to follow Him for our entire life and everything that we are.
He is calling us to a net-free life.
Growing up in ministry I see it all of the time, someone is called in to ministry, but they keep a back up plan. They have a fall back plan.Listen, Jesus did not have a back up plan to His death for you.He was all in all of the time.We are called to live an all-in, net-free life.What is your net?What is the thing that you have held on to when Jesus said, “Follow me.”What is it that is holding you back?You may feel that you have a calling on your life or you may have a dream and a vision for something and you are waiting and waiting for it to come to fruition, but Jesus may be waiting for you to put down your net and follow Him with everything before He gives you everything.
It’s not that He is holding anything back from you; He is waiting to give it to you when your hands are completely open and empty. How are you supposed to hold on to something if your hands are full? God’s plan for your life is greater than anything you could ever dream of or imagine, the problem is you are holding on to your “nets” when God’s plan requires both of your hands.
He is an all-in God all of the time.He is calling you.Will you leave your nets and live a net-free live?Join me and take your seat Around the Table by subscribing today.Also, come live life with me on Instagram and Twitter: @grantjreynolds