Will You Come When Called?

He and the others with him were all amazed at the large number of fish they had caught. The same was true of Simon’s partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” They pulled the boats up on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus. Luke 5:9-11 (GNT)

Makes you think doesn’t it?  How often do we pray “Lord, I’ll follow you anywhere! Lead the way!”? Then, as our story starts to unfold and God asks us to let go of something and the whining starts. “Lord, why is this happening?” or “Lord, don’t you see how hard this is?” It’s easy for us to want to follow God as long as it’s a planned, smooth transition. But if the transition is painful or contains a lot of insecurity, we are madly asking “What are you doing?” Peter and the disciples had just caught more fish than they’d ever caught. That was money in their pockets. They could be very secure with the proceeds from the haul. Yet, when Jesus said “Come with me” they walked away from the catch. They knew that this was just the beginning. There was going to be so much more. If Jesus said to you today, “Come”, would you?

–Elaine Kapentanakis

Written by Diane Levy


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