Note: This Post is part of the series “Studies in Mark” see the Series Index for other posts in this series.
16 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. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.–Mark 1:16 – 20 (ESV)
There is a lot to be said for an immediate response to the Gospel. Many times we take too much time praying about something or mulling it over. Opportunities to serve God come and go and never come again. Once we miss them, we never get them back but the memory of them comes back again and again.
Just trust me on this one. If you’re called: Go. If you’re called, Go right now, right when you feel that call and do that which you have been called to do with all your might. Sure you might screw it up at the beginning. You’re a human, you ought to be used to it by now. But the reality is, as this passage illustrates, that the time to go is when you’re called. It’s a ‘here I am, send me’ mentality that you see in all the accounts of the calls of the prophets. Well, except Moses and Gideon and a few others. But what that tells me is that God is going to have his way no matter what we do. Remember Mark? His was an ‘and immediately’ kind of thinking.
And he was a very young man. I love it when I see young people in ministry because they don’t know about all the things they CAN’T do yet. So they just do them anyway. I know, there’s a lot to be said for wisdom and the benefits of age and maturity but young people bring such energy and vitality with them that we would be fools to turn them away or tell them they are too young. Chances are that if they’re convinced of a call that God has them where he wants them. Also, they may be fighting the thing so don’t punch their ticket to Tarshish. Lead them down to the road to Ninevah and see them on their way.