So one day Jesus is preaching. We do not have a record of the actual sermon, but we know a crowd has formed to hear him. In fact, the crowd has grown to the point that he gets into a fisherman’s boat to separate himself from the crowd a bit so he can better teach them. The boat provides a stage of sorts.
Then Jesus, a carpenter by trade, tells Simon, a fisherman, to let down his nets for a catch. Simon is cleaning the nets. He is working. He knows when to let down the nets, and this is not the time to do it. He does it though, and catches a huge number of fish (no doubt other fishermen will come back in that same place the next day at the same time to let down their nets).
The emotions going through Simon at this point are a mixture of amazement, awe, and fear. Then Simon and his companions leave everything and begin to follow Jesus.
What an amazing story! There are some great things to talk about based on this text. Trusting God, miracles, etc. Many have preached on this text and encouraged the Body in their faith walks. But let us consider one thing. Why didn’t Jesus pick someone from the crowd to follow him?
When Jesus got up that morning and decided he was going to pick some disciples that day, preaching was part of the agenda. And his preaching was so good that a crowd had formed. So why did he not pick one of these followers to be a disciple, a true follower? Instead he picks some guys that were not even part of the crowd. Why?
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