Throw Down Your Nets#

Did Jesus ever speak light-heartedly when He invited me to follow?

Were Jesus' pleas to His disciples' merely theatrical embellishments for the sake of some moment?

In which part of 'he who does not give up all he has cannot be my disciple' was Jesus jesting?

Don’t let your bondage hold you back.
Don’t let your misfortunes,
Your dark secrets, or your mischievous ways
Blind your eyes to the light.


Don’t let arrogance, pride, fear, or greed
Mute your ears to the command of His call –
“Follow me”
That’s not follow me when,
Follow me if,
Or follow me but…
It is “Follow Me”
Without restriction or based upon circumstance.

It doesn’t leave time to pack a suitcase.
It doesn’t leave time to say goodbyes.
It doesn’t promise ease or relaxation.
It isn’t a decision to think about and ponder
That sits disconnected from time.


It is a command in the present,
A call to action, right here, right now.
Throw down your nets and far behind you
So that you don’t get caught in their snare
On the way forward.
Leave it all behind you
To gain it all in front of you
And “Follow Me”.#

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. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Mark 1:16-18)

There is an urgent simplicity to heed Jesus' call.

First I sought the Lord for what He could do for me, then slowly I learned to seek the Lord for what I might do for Him.

Today's Soul Snippet:

"Long ago, when Satan and my sins pursued me, I fled to the cleft of the rock Christ Jesus, and in his riven side I found a delightful resting-place. My heart, run to him anew today, whatever thy present grief may be; Jesus feels for thee; Jesus consoles thee; Jesus will help thee". ~ C.H. Spurgeon.

#Reproduced from Justin Farley ~