In the summer of 2001 I loaded a large Uhaul, pulled out of Big Spring, TX headed for Seattle, WA and an entirely new way of life for this West Texas boy. My wife grew up in Portland so it was a sort of homecoming for her, but it was a whole new adventure for me. I got the sense a year earlier that a move was coming. We had months and months to prepare, ample time to pack, various farewell parties and many heartfelt goodbyes.
Contrast my experience with how the disciples began their time with Jesus. “And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Going on from there He saw two other brothers, (X)James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.” (Matt 4:19-20) I can’t fathom leaving everything so quickly. These guys literally left their homes, livelihood and family to follow a person they knew very little about, and they did it “immediately.”
These men believed John the Baptist’s testimony about who Jesus was. They had heard about this one named Jesus and it was an honor to be called by him. Do we look at Jesus the same? We have heard great stories about him, but are we actually following him?