At once they left their nets

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
(Mark 1:16-20 (NIV))

“At once they left their nets”

This not only happened once, but it appears that it happened twice in the very same day. Two groups of two brothers who simply put down what they were doing and decided to follow Jesus.

In my opinion, there are several astonishing things to consider.

The first, and probably the most difficult for us, is the fact that they followed “at once.” They made an instant decision upon meeting Jesus and left everything else behind. In our society today, we have to study and review and investigate the facts before we do anything. How many people do you know who accepted Jesus the very first time that they were introduced to Him? How long did it take you to accept Jesus?

Something else that caught my attention with this passage is the fact that two sets of brothers decided “at once,” and left everything to follow Jesus.

Think about that.

How many of you have siblings? Have you ever agreed on anything instantly? Would both of you be willing to make a life changing commitment in the same manner as Simon and Andrew or James and John?

We read this passage and we tend to take for granted just what amazing faith transpired in the telling of these few short lines. What about your faith is amazing? Accepting Jesus, whether instantly or years later, is still an amazing thing, but to step out in faith when no one could truly proclaim the miracles that were to happen is beyond comprehension.

We take our faith for granted because we have the written Word to tell us the truth. Still, many of us seem to take forever to make that commitment, to take that leap.

It is my prayer that we can all become ones who will respond “at once” to the call that Jesus places upon our lives.

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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