Christians today may wonder why the four fishermen so unhesitatingly follow a man who comes walking along the lake shore and invites them to, “Follow me.” Matthew is writing about the call of Peter, Andrew, James, and John more than 50 years after Jesus’ public life. Their instant, wholehearted initial response to Jesus reflects the story of their whole lives. They experience a steep learning curve as they follow Jesus during his ministry but in the end they give their lives wholeheartedly to spreading Jesus’ good news after this death and resurrection. Responding to Jesus’ friendship changes their lives. It redirects them from casting nets for fish to gathering people in the Christian community.
Who has called and empowered you to minister? How do you respond? How has your response changed your life?