I wonder if this is the problem with Christianity? It seems to me that if we who profess to be Christians did this we could change the world. The darkness that seems to permeate our world would have no chance against the light that Jesus would bring through us. If only we did this...
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen. From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. Matthew 4:12-23
These Galilean fishermen actually walked away from their way of life. We see that Simon and Andrew dropped their nets and James and John walked away from their nets, their boat and very symbolically, their father. Stop and think about this for a moment or two. This was a stunning act of faith. Or was it reckless abandonment?
Put yourself in the brothers' shoes. Picture them walking through Galilee with Jesus. They listen to Him teach in the synagogues. They hear His proclamation of the Gospel. They witness the miraculous as Jesus cures the sick. For all we know their nets were still lying on the shore. Zebedee?!? What must he have been thinking? The brothers are only at the beginning of a journey that leads from Galilee to the cross, to Pentecost and to their own deaths. What if they knew beforehand what this decision to leave their "nets" behind meant?
In a way, you and I do know. We are told in scripture that following Jesus will not be easy. But the reality is that we can't know ahead of time what that actually means. Like the disciples, we, too, must step out in faith with reckless abandon if we are to change the world like they did.
Make no mistake; Jesus is calling us to follow Him. So what is this problem with Christianity? Is it Christians who are the problem? Could it be that we haven't truly "dropped our nets"? Are we afraid to be recklessly abandoned to Jesus?
Here's a four minute challenge. Click on the link below and listen to this song and as you reflect on the words ask yourself if you're willing to live like the disciples did:
Please comment if you have decided to Live Like That.