Into the Extraordinary – Mark 1:16-18

“Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Mark 1:16-18

These men weren’t doing anything out of the ordinary. They were going about their normal day, likely not expecting a great change anytime soon. But Jesus came by and called them out of that life. He saw them immersed in the ordinary and called them into His extraordinary purpose. He didn’t interview them first. It seems that He didn’t debate about it at all. He saw them, chose them, and called out for them to follow. And God must have been preparing their hearts, because they immediately left their nets—the life they had always known—to follow Him.

Jesus often finds and calls us when we least expect it. He seeks us out and beckons us to follow Him into a future that is full of unknowns, but one that He promises is full of His glory, power, and God’s incredible purposes. It can be scary to just drop everything and follow where He leads. But I want to be one who goes to Him immediately. No hesitation in my heart. No fear. Only faith.

To be able to respond with that amount of confidence, we really need to know the voice of our Shepherd. And knowing His voice, we need to also trust Him to lead us perfectly and to go before us, preparing our way. But if we truly know His voice, doesn’t that mean we are coming to know Him more in general? The better we know our Lord, the more we will trust Him. Because we will know His power, His sovereignty, His faithfulness and His steadfast love to a greater extent than ever before.

So it’s all connected: knowing our God, knowing His voice, and trusting Him enough to follow where He leads. “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers…My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:3-5, 27). The closer we get to Christ, the better we will recognize His voice, and the more we will know we can trust Him. So let us draw near. And when we hear Him calling us, let us follow Him without hesitation. He will be faithful. He will equip each of us perfectly. He will strengthen us and provide. Wherever and however God stirs our heart, we can know that He is leading us into a life greater than we could imagine. We know this not because we have seen the outcome, but because we know the unchanging, beautiful character of our God, and we know that He is in control of everything.

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

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