“Immediately they left their nets and followed Him…Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him” (Matthew 4:20,22, HCSB).
When Jesus called His first disciples–Peter, Andrew, James, and John–Matthew says they actually left what they were doing at the very moment when Jesus issued the invitation to follow Him.
They did it expeditiously!
They acted with urgency!
They left and followed without hesitation!
They didn’t think about it, analyze it, make comparisons, or check references. They just seized the opportunity as if it were a once-in-a-lifetime offer (and it probably was).
Before the occasion of their calling, it’s possible they knew about Jesus or even personally knew Him. After all, Jesus had moved from the obscure village of Nazareth to the bustling fishing town of Capernaum to launch His ministry. (vs. 13,17).
These men may have heard Jesus preach and teach and seen Him heal the sick on several occasions.
So, when Jesus summoned them to become His disciples, they jumped at the chance.
They all immediately left what they were doing and joined Him.
When Jesus beckons, what great possibilities await!
But don’t suppose that His requests are subject to our internal review or personal schedule.
As His disciples let us respond with immediacy to His behests.
Let’s go, without hesitation!