The words of Jesus, to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, were an invitation to leave what they were legitimately doing and follow Him.
As was their custom, they were going about their ordinary, every day business as fishermen, when they heard Jesus call them. He was inviting them to come and be with Him, so that He could teach them things about God and Himself, things they may never have considered.
As it was with these two men, the call of Jesus may also come to us in unexpected situations. It may be in a quiet time as we are reading a passage of Scripture, or, like Peter and Andrew, as we are going about our daily business. It could be as we are serving Him in a regular routine duty, or as we are walking along the street with our mind on other things. It often happens that when we’re not specifically thinking about how God might call us and use us in some future service that He drops a thought into our mind, a thought we can’t avoid.
For Simon Peter and Andrew it was firstly an invitation to come and listen to the teaching of Jesus and learn the message of the Kingdom. After they had responded to this call they realised they were meant to observe the way Jesus did things and learn from Him. At a later stage, they would be able to take the teaching and ministry of Jesus to others.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, please enable me to hear and listen attentively when you call me. As I follow you, help me to learn those things of the Kingdom that will equip me to be a true and effective disciple. Amen.
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