When you come face-to-face with Jesus, it changes you. It transforms your priorities. If your life is dull, if you are looking for something more, then you want the complete renovation that Jesus offers.
Leave Your Nets Behind
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers — Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew — throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.
Matthew 4:18-20 NLT
That last sentence is a kicker. They left their nets at once and followed him. Peter and Andrew were fishermen. They were tough, salt-of-the-earth guys. They weren’t theologians, scholars or philosophers. They were hard working, rough-around-edges people trying to make a living for their families. I’m sure they’d heard every story in the book. They weren’t easily duped. They had what we’d call street smarts.
Yet, when they encountered Jesus, they immediately left their nets and followed Him. Think about it. Their nets were their security. The nets provided for them. They gave them food, money and work. The nets were their worldly purpose. It was what they got out of bed for every day.
But, upon meeting Jesus, they instantly left their nets behind. They found new priorities . They discovered a greater purpose in Him. One that superseded everything they had known up to that point in their lives.
Jesus Becomes the Eternal Priority
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:67-69 NIV
Given the opportunity to walk away, Peter responds, “To whom shall we go?” He was willing to leave his nets, but not Jesus. Peter knew that he’d encountered something greater. He’d found that thing his soul thirsted for and he wasn’t going to let go of it.
Are you hungry for a greater purpose? Perhaps, you too need to answer the call of Jesus and follow Him.