Whether you are religious or not, there’s no denying that there are countless life learning lessons that we can find in the Bible. Lessons that can be applied to our lives and spirituality. However, if we look a little deeper and search, we can find deep, enriching lessons applicable to us right now in our current situation.
I served a volunteer mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Marshall Islands. For two years I devoted my time and talents to help others and spent a considerable amount of time studying and learning what I could from the scriptures. Without a doubt, that experience alone has done more for me in my life than any other experience I have had, or will have. I will share with you one of the lessons I learned. We will examine excerpts from the Bible focusing on three interactions between Jesus Christ and Simon Peter (Peter). As you read, pay attention to who is speaking when Christ and Peter interact.
1. The Call — Matthew 4:18–20
18 ¶And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
This is our first encounter between Jesus and Peter that we will examine. As Jesus walks along the sea of Galilee, he calls to Peter and says, “Follow me.” Like Peter, we too are called to follow Him. We can be called at anytime and anyplace. He doesn’t care who we are or where we’ve been. The call is now, and we can follow the example of Peter by acting on that call. When Jesus says, “Follow me”, this is a command to follow, and should note that it is not a demand. We are always invited to act and to choose for ourselves. Peter’s response is written as, “they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” Take note that it was straightway, not a little after, or tomorrow, but straightway. He needs us to act now and to act when we are invited. I think that’s something I know I can work on. I have no trouble following but rather understanding the urgency and responding straightway is where I know I can improve. Here is what you should keep in mind with this interaction.
- Jesus is the one who told Peter to follow Him
2. Peter leaves his boat and nets behind