Follow Me Training
Following the Come & See stage of their training the disciples left Jesus to return to their fishing. They were forced to confront the contrast between two totally different worlds. There they were, back at their nets, with visions of the Messiah swimming about in their minds. Jesus left each of these men thinking, praying, and struggling with the question, “What should I do next?” They were not sure when the decision would need to be made, but they knew that someday they would be forced to choose.
As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him. – Mark 1:16-20
When we consider all of the factors deterring the first disciples from pursuing a ministry with Jesus, we can see the same thing happening in our own lives today. It is incredible that any person would drop everything in their own world to follow Jesus, considering the present competition for our time. Work, organizations, family needs, and even church related activities compete for our time and attention.
When seeing the fisherman instantly dropping their nets to follow Yeshua, the salesman drools, the politician turns green with envy, and the psychologist scratches his head. The principle often repeated in the life of Jesus is, give people time to make solid decisions. Jesus didn’t rush his men. Consequently, like ripe fruit ready for picking, when the time came, they offered no resistance.
Gentiles know the writings of Jesus’ first disciples as the New Testament. Many Jewish followers of Jesus call them the Brit Chadashah, meaning “New Covenant”. Whatever you decide to call them, think of them as the Apostles’ Teaching. The books of Acts through Revelation make absolutely no sense without a thorough understanding of the life of Messiah Jesus. For this reason, Disciple Daily is building a complete series designed to teach the HIStory of Messiah’s life in chronologic order. Currently, Arlie Francis is teaching through this material every Sunday morning in San Antonio, Texas at Wayside Chapel Evangelical Free Church. Each lesson is recorded and produced as video for your personal study. They are also useful as material for small group and Sunday School lessons. Over time, this series will include accompanying teaching resources including lesson guides and Power Point slides. The video lessons are yours to use free of charge. The lessons on the life of Messiah Jesus are the centerpiece of the Follow Me stage of your discipleship training process at Disciple Daily.
Our Rabbi gives each one of us who are believers in Him a simple invitation. There are no hard-line ultimatums, no forced behavior. You can say “no” at any time to Yeshua. He doesn’t want any rash decisions from you. But, if you want to come along, now is the time to respond. This is your invitation to continue the adventure of making disciples of all nations.
“Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
As an appetizer for what is available in this series, here is “Eleventh of Nisan”. Enjoy!