S – As he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 “Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for, people.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed him
Mark 1:16–18 CSB
O – Commentary:
Disciples usually sought out their own teachers. Only the most radical teachers called their own disciples. Because discipleship sometimes involved temporarily laying aside one’s livelihood and being apart from one’s wife and children for a time, the decision to choose a teacher would have normally been made only after much deliberation, especially when the teacher traveled from place to place instead of staying in one town to teach. Galilee was not so large as to require long journeys, however; they would be able to return to stay in their hometowns periodically
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament
A – There is something special about being chosen. To see the custom of choosing a teacher is the opposite makes the decision to follow even more remarkable. I can see similarities to a modern-day following of Christ. He already is our savior and says “Follow Me” by offering a relationship through salvation. Do we “leave the boats” and say yes?
R – Lord, help me to hear your voice today and move forward with a “yes.” Help me to grow with you. instead being stuck back at the boat.