Jesus calls you to follow.
What does it mean to follow?
Following involves steps. If I were to follow you or if you wanted to follow me it would require keeping in step with the one you're following.
So, when Jesus calls you to follow Him He is not expecting a leap of faith but simply a series of steps that are indicative of a desire to follow.
In this seaside story of Jesus calling His first disciples we are able to discern the steps these fishermen took to become followers.
Yesterday, I pointed out the first step which is listening and learning.
With this lesson a second step is identified. The second step was Jesus asking Peter to loan Him his boat.
What is the significance of this next step?
First, there was a practical reason for asking to use Peter's boat. The crowd was large and growing larger by the moment. There were no public address systems and speaking over water amplified His words. So, by getting into boat more of the people were able to hear better what Jesus had to say in His sermon.
But there was another reason Jesus asked Peter to loan Him his boat. He wanted to see if Peter would trust Him with something as precious as his fishing boat.
Peter was exhausted since he had fished all night and then spent a couple hours cleaning his net. I'm sure he was looking forward to a meal and a nap. Now, this Rabbi needed his boat.
Out of respect to the Rabbi Peter let Jesus into the boat and pushed out a little distance from the shore.
Do you think Peter would be willing to trust Jesus with his life if he couldn't trust Him with his boat? I don't think so!
I can't speak for you but for me trusting Jesus happened one step at a time.
Step one is listening to Jesus and learning. When you listen to Jesus you learn more about Who He is but you also learn about who you are.
Step two is loaning your boat. Jesus will challenge you to trust Him in some small area. He will invite you to give faith a try.
That's how Peter began following Jesus! One small step at a time!
What is your next step?