“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
Matthew 4: 18-22
I heard the above scripture this week and it got me thinking. Can you imagine the kind of faith that it would take to leave all that you know to follow Christ? I know that if I were in the place of Simon, Andrew, James or John, that I probably couldn’t, even though I already have a relationship with Jesus and they had just met Him.
I want that kind of faith – the kind of faith they had when they left their jobs, families, friends and everything they’d known. Like most men, I am worried about taking care of my family, my job, our finances and all the things that we hold most valuable. I want the kind of faith where whenever I start to worry I immediately relax and decide to simply trust God to provide.
The question is how to get there? Where can I start?
“Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 HCSB
I tell myself, “None of this is mine. All of it has been given to me.” When things get tight I tell myself, “He will provide, like He always has.” But maybe I need to not daydream about winning the lottery or what that would be like. Maybe I need to stop trying so hard to get that promotion at work or struggling to find ways to make extra money. Maybe when I find myself becoming upset and wasting my energy on those worries, I need to remind myself that He’s got it; to relax and just be happy with what I have in this moment. That kind of thinking leads to stronger faith. The kind of faith Simon, Andrew and the others had when they heard His words and chose to follow.