"FOLLOW ME, AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN" (Matt. 4:19). What an amazing invitation this was to Jesus' future disciples Andrew and Simon Peter—fishermen at work casting their nets. And to many others in the midst of their everyday lives, Jesus also offered this invitation to follow him.
What was it that made the disciples so immediately answer that call? They must have felt the Christly love of Jesus, must have seen something in him that touched them in an entirely new way. Undoubtedly, the disciples could not have imagined the wonders they would see, the sacrifices that would be required of them, or the love they would come to feel for Jesus as he became known to them as the Christ, the Son of God.
But as we look at the disciples' three-year journey with Jesus, we find that the call Jesus' followers accepted was not a one-time event. And their response was not always immediate. At various times during their service to Jesus, and especially when faced with their Master's supreme test at the crucifixion, the disciples wavered in their faithfulness to follow him.