What Was the Invitation of Jesus to His First Disciples?

The invitation of Jesus to His first disciples was a profound moment in history that changed the course of their lives forever. It all began with a simple call to follow Him, and from that moment on, their lives were never the same again.

The Call

According to the Bible, Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee when He saw two brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew, casting their nets into the water. He called out to them and said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) Immediately they dropped their nets and followed Him.

This call was not just a casual invitation; it was an invitation to a new way of life. Jesus was not just asking them to physically follow Him but also spiritually follow Him. He was asking them to leave behind their old way of life and become His disciples.

The Response

Simon Peter and Andrew’s response to Jesus’ invitation was immediate. They left everything they knew behind – their families, businesses, and way of life – and followed Him. This is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus – giving up everything for Him.

James and John, two other fishermen on the boat with Simon Peter and Andrew when they were called by Jesus also left their boat and father Zebedee immediately following Christ (Mark 1:19-20).

The Purpose

Jesus’ purpose in calling these men was not just so they could become His followers but so that they could become fishers of men. In other words, He wanted them to share His message with others so that more people could come to know Him.

This is still our purpose as Christians today – to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those around us so that they too may come to know Him as their Lord and Savior.

The Challenge

Following Jesus is not always easy. In fact, He warned His disciples that they would face persecution (Matthew 10:22). However, He also promised them that He would never leave them nor forsake them (Hebrews 13:5).

As we follow Jesus today, we too may face challenges and difficulties. But we can take comfort in the fact that just as He was faithful to His first disciples, He will also be faithful to us.

The Call Continues

Jesus’ call to His first disciples was just the beginning of a movement that would change the world. Today, He continues to call people to follow Him and become His disciples.

If you have not yet answered His call, I encourage you to do so. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. As you follow Him, you will find purpose, meaning, and joy in life like never before.