When Jesus began His ministry, one of His first acts was to choose disciples to follow Him and learn from Him. But how did Jesus select His first four disciples? Let’s take a closer look.
Simon Peter and Andrew
Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee when He saw two brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew, casting a net into the water. He called out to them, saying, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) Immediately, they left their nets and followed Him.
Lesson: Jesus called these two brothers while they were at work. This shows that Jesus chooses people from all walks of life. He doesn’t wait for us to come to Him; He seeks us out where we are.
James and John
Further down the shore, Jesus saw two other brothers, James and John, in a boat with their father Zebedee. They were mending their nets when Jesus called out to them. Like Simon Peter and Andrew, they immediately left their nets and followed Him.
Lesson: James and John were working with their father when Jesus called them. This shows that sometimes following Jesus means leaving behind our family or livelihoods. It also shows that following Jesus is a choice we must make for ourselves.
The Call of the Disciples
These four men would become some of Jesus’ closest followers and play important roles in His ministry. The call of the disciples demonstrates that God doesn’t always choose those who are already religious or powerful; instead He chooses those who are willing to follow Him.
The Lessons We Can Learn From This Story Include:
- Jesus chooses people from all walks of life.
- Following Jesus means leaving behind our old lives.
- Following Jesus is a choice we must make for ourselves.
Jesus chose His first four disciples while they were at work, demonstrating that He seeks us out where we are. These men left everything to follow Him, showing that following Jesus requires sacrifice. We can learn from their example and recognize that God calls us to follow Him no matter who we are or what we do.