What would a twenty-year old Jesus have said if they asked Him, "What are you going to do when you grow up?" I don't know, maybe something like, "I'm going to turn the world upside down. I'm going to hang out with prostitutes and tax collectors until people kill me." Or what would Peter have said? "Well, I was going to be a fisherman, but then I met this dude, and He messed all that up..." (Shane Claiborne)
(Mark 1: 16-18) As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. (NASB)
Here's the deal... Let's talk about it.
Simon and Andrew had plans. They wanted to chill on a boat, get an awesome tan, drink a few brewski's and catch some fish. (Not the path I would have chosen, but no judgement here.) But then Jesus came and was like "ditch your nets... we will fish for men." And they didn't even hesitate... they just followed Him.
Here is where the Fisher Bro's and I are very different...
(Christy chapter 1: verses 16-18)
As Jesus was walking alongside a sea of corn off of a gravel road, he saw Christy throwing rocks at unsuspecting cars that were driving by, for she was rebellious. "Put down your rocks and follow Me" Jesus said. And at once she threw a rock at His head and ran away.
Simon and Andrew could have just ignored Jesus, said no, or captured Him in their net for fun. But they didn't... they just obeyed. They left everything... their plans... their homes... their nets. They followed Jesus with a reckless abandonment. Talk about faith!
Faith like this is not accepted in our world today. It is labelled radical, crazy and irresponsible.
So what do I want to be when I grow up? Well... radical, crazy and irresponsible.