My younger brother, Ron, was fourteen and hanging out at the Schroon Lake Marina at the northern end of the lake. Wes Sherman, the head of Christian Mutual Insurance Company, was donating a Century speedboat to Word of Life, but when they put it in the water, it wouldn’t crank. They pulled it out, checked it over, and discovered they needed a part. “Ron, I’ve got to fly my plane back to New Hampshire and check on this part at the dealership. Want to go with me?”
Wes was already walking toward his car to drive to the small Schroon Lake Airport and his plane. Ron had a broken arm, but he had to decide immediately whether or not to go. Sometimes when the right person is asking, you can’t sit around and wait to decide.
“As Jesus was moving along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, his brother, throwing a casting-net into the sea. (After all, they were fishermen.) Jesus said to them, ‘Come on, follow after me! I’ll make you fishers of men.’ Immediately, they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother, John, in a boat putting their nets in order. Immediately, Jesus called them and leaving their father in the boat with the hired hands, they followed Jesus.” Mark 1:16-21
Mark loves the word “immediately,” and he wants us to get it that when Jesus says, “Come on! Follow me,” it’s not the time to hem and haw. Think of all that flowed from the decision that Peter, Andrew, James, and John made that day, and the difference between fishing for fish and fishing for men. When we catch fish, we bring them up out of the water into the air and they die. When we catch men and women in Jesus’ net, we bring them up out of death into a life that lasts forever.
Note that the guys didn’t leave their father alone. He had hired hands to help to keep the fishing business going.
And my brother Ron did call my mom late that night, “Hey, just wanted to check in!” “Where are you?” Mom replied. “I’m with Wes Sherman over here by Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.” Mom wasn’t too worried because she knew he was in good hands.
LORD, help me not to hesitate, but to act when you’re going ahead and inviting me to follow. Help me not to miss the opportunities you are giving me to help others get caught up in the net of your redeeming grace and love.
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