The first three Gospels in the New Testament give similar accounts of the calling of the disciples. When Jesus initiated the call, the response was the same in each instance. The invitees immediately left their nets and boats to follow Him. In fact, James and John even abandoned their father Zebedee sitting in the boat, so that they could follow Jesus without delay.
Interestingly enough, when the call came, the disciples asked no questions. No one said, “What about my business?” Or “How am I going to pay my bills?” Nothing about who would be available to help Zebedee in the absence of his sons or how other people might be affected by their decision to follow Christ.
This very quick decision to give up everything and follow Jesus may seem unusual to us—and a difficult one to make—but that same decision is required of us today.
Jesus has called each of us to a specific task. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to accomplish the work that He created in advance for us to do. Far too often, just as soon as we hear the call to that task, we start with the questions. What if this, what if that? We say we can’t do it. We don’t know how to do it. We’re afraid to do it. We have a million and one excuses for delaying our involvement for as long as we can.
What if the disciples had reacted that same way? It may be true that Jesus would have called someone else to do the task, but what about the disciples? They would have missed out on the joy of fulfilling what was created in advance specifically for them to do. They would have missed out on God’s will.
When we hear the call of Jesus, we need to follow the example set for us by the disciples—immediately leave whatever it is that we are doing and pick up His cross and follow Jesus. When we truly hear His voice saying, “Come follow Me,” there must be no hesitation, no doubt and no questions!
Anything less than total and immediate surrender would be a slap in the face of the One who followed His calling all the way to the cross.