One day Jesus was walking along by the Sea of Galilee when He saw Simon and Andrew fishing. “Follow Me,” Jesus told them, and I will make you fish for people!” [Mark 1:16-17 HCSB]
They did just that. They left their nets and followed Him. A little way farther, He issued the same call to James and John, Zebedee’s sons. They left their father and their boats and followed Jesus. [Mark 1:18-20]
I do not know what these men, and the others Jesus called, were thinking when they turned away from everything and responded to Jesus’ call. Did they think they might be following a political leader or a religious one? Did they even consider that most all of them would end up martyred for placing their faith in Him?
In August of 1973, Jesus called a young woman in Orangevale, California. “Follow Me!” He invited. And she did. At the time I gave no thought to what following Him would mean. I had no idea where He would lead. I did not even contemplate what the journey would be like or the places He would take me.
When Jesus calls, He does not reveal where we are going. The only thing I knew about the journey is that once you decide to follow Him, there is no turning back. There is nothing behind me that can ever entice me to leave the company of the LORD Christ Jesus.
As I was writing this, I remembered an old chorus, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” (Link Below)
Once the decision is made to follow, our eyes must be on Him – no matter where He leads, we go.