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. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 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)
How would you start the process of gathering people who would help spread your good news to the entire world? And how crazy would your request for them to follow you sound?
What sort of things would you need to hear in order to give up everything to follow someone, including Jesus?
Notice that the new followers of Jesus left everything “at once,” and “without delay.” Is this surprising to you? Why or why not? How do you think would you would have responded?
What questions were left unanswered (or even unasked) by Jesus when these disciples began to follow him? What should we understand by this lack of questions and answers?