And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. — Mark 1: 16–18
Those who follow Jesus are prepared to let go of their old lives.
It was not the disciples who chose Jesus, but Jesus who called them to follow Him. At once they left whatever it was they were doing. Jesus became the new focal point of their lives: they focused on His example, had many conversations with Him, and sought to learn of Him. They left behind their nets with which they had earned their livelihood as fishermen until then. Their previous lives apparently were no longer of any concern to them. The disciples had been given a new task and a completely new outlook: they were now to bear witness of that which they had seen and heard and thereby lead many of their contemporaries to Jesus. In so doing they were also to share with others the same love with which He loved them. We too are elected by God and have been called to follow the Lord. The love of the Lord is to define us and give us a new perspective. This means that we must make certain decisions and let go of our old lives.
We have been called to follow the Lord. Out of love for the Lord we are to let go of our old lives. This includes:
- Seeking our own advantage without regard for others,
- Knowing better all the time,
- Making accusations and reproaches, and deriding others.
We direct our attention to the return of Jesus Christ, everlasting life, and our fellowship with the Lord.