Come!

This week, I read about Peter’s brother, Andrew, and I must admit, I was intrigued. There’s not much written about Andrew, but what is written about him is powerful.

Andrew was one of John the Baptist’s first disciples, making him part of a radical grassroots movement, following a leader who was on-trend, courageous, and thought-provoking. Then, Andrew personally sees Jesus get baptized! Think about it. It’s possible that he even got to hear God the Father proclaim from Heaven that Jesus was His Son. Clearly it changed his current perspective.

Can you imagine being a part of that audience? 

Andrew and some of the others see Jesus the next day, and in reading John 1:38-39, I like to imagine Andrew high-tailing it after Jesus to learn more about the guy who just literally fulfilled years and years of prophecy right before his eyes. In this chapter, John writes that it was about 4pm, and Andrew, being a fisherman, had probably been up fishing since 2 or 3am. But, the lack of sleep couldn’t keep him away.

“Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

Jesus doesn’t say, ”Hey guys. Here’s my card. Come and visit me when it’s convenient for you.” HE tells them to come right then. HE was going to show them. HE was going to take them there and Andrew had to chose to stay or go.

It became personal. 

Mark wrote that the next day, Jesus came by where he, Peter and Andrew were working and they simply “came at once” and followed Him. They left their tangled nets for others to put away, walked away from their livelihood and all that was familiar to them to follow after Jesus. 

I love that the author really drives it home that these men stopped what they were doing and in the middle of everything, they chose to leave their tangled, but familiar lives and step into the unknown with Jesus. 

They changed their entire lives after one conversation with Jesus.

Later, when Jesus tells them about the shepherd that would leave 99 sheep just to search for the one lost sheep, the meaning isn’t lost on them. It’s completely relatable to these men, and the other disciples who encountered Jesus, and saw how He cared for each one of them and how He pursued a relationship with them. All the disciples had to choose to follow Jesus. None of them were taken kicking and screaming. They left comfort in exchange for a relationship. They left the familiar for the unknown. They chose Truth over a life of mediocrity.

What am I choosing other than Jesus?

This is the question that has challenged me this week. Where am I spending my time, talents, and treasure that isn’t drawing me closer to Him? When He says come walk with me, what am I choosing to do instead?

Revelation 3:20 says, “Here I am! I (Jesus) stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

What kind of King knocks on the door inviting his people to come and have dinner (to commune) with him? Our King. 

God is personally inviting each one of us to “Come.”  The time to choose is always now.

Let’s drop our nets and change the world.

In His service and at yours! ~Shawn

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

4 thoughts on “Come!

  1. That was awesome. I did not remember that Andrew was one of John’s disciples. I have probably read right over it tens of times. Thanks for the good word. Rick

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  2. Thank you. You are a very powerful teacher and you show us in plain language the meaning of the Scriptures. Following Andrews lead, we too must follow our Lord, on the path He has chosen. Thanks again Shawn for another insightful Friday lesson, we look forward to each and every one. Hugs

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