Bible talks about Jesus’ first followers in Luke 5. Most interestingly, it tells us about the true nature of a follower of Christ.
The chapter begins with Jesus preaching by the Lake of Gannesaret. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon “Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When he had done so, he caught such a large number of fish that the nets began to break. He signaled his friends in the other boat to come and help. When Simon saw this miracle, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch man.” So he left everything and followed him.
Why did Simon leave the fruit of his obedience to follow Jesus. He had every right to claim and keep the large number of fish he had just caught. Simon was obedient even though he was tired and frustrated after night long hard work. He didn’t close his ears to the voice of the one who said, “Put out into deep water.” He did exactly what Jesus wanted him to do. The fruit of his obedience came as great number of fish. It was a great miracle for Simon and his friends, and Simon earned that miracle since he was obedient to Jesus.
Simon didn’t need to leave the fruit of his obedience to follow Jesus. Did he?
Simon left everything because he had found something far greater than the fruit of his obedience and his miracle. He had experienced the power behind the WORD. This unseen power behind Jesus’ word touched Simon and filled him with strength to carry on and put down the net into deep water when he was completely exhausted. That same power brought Simon on his knees that he cried out and confessed, “Lord I am a sinful man.” The same power filled Simon with a desire to follow Jesus, Not only that, Simon wanted to follow Christ empty-handed, giving him back what he had just received from him.
Simon worshipped Jesus by offering the first fruit of his obedience and his miracle.
Not everyone is a true follower of Christ but only those who are ready to leave their miracle and the fruit of obedience at HIS voice. They are the true worshippers, same as those elders in heavenly worship who lay their crowns at the feet of Jesus to worship him.
Jesus is still looking for followers… Will you be one?