“21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
I once went to Kentucky Fried Chicken and was told by the person working the counter they were out of chicken. To which my body language immediately responded with that head-tilt-thing your dog does that is universal dog-to-master code for, “I am am utterly confused.” I replied, “You’re Kentucky Fried Chicken. You can’t be out of chicken. What else do you do?” To which she explained, it is going to be 5 minutes before we have some more. I did wait and eventually get something to eat, but the assistant manager had committed a cardinal business sin. There could have been a lot of explanations for why KFC was presently out of chicken, but none of them would have been valid. Staples must never be out of 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper or….or… staples. Jiffy Lube must never run out of oil.
Similarly, but infinitely more critical, followers of Christ must not neglect to follow. The first thing Jesus says to John and James (The Sons of Thunder! How cool is it that God gave them that nickname?) is, “Follow me.” The brothers responded in the only appropriate way – they immediately followed jesus. They left career and family to follow Jesus. Bottom line: they went all in.
Years ago, then UCLA Bruins football coach, Henry Russell “Red” Sanders was quoted as saying, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” I am not sure I fully agree with old Red regarding sports, but the principle somewhat relates to this article: following is THE thing that distinguishes a genuine follower. Not words. Not sacraments. Not knowledge or ideology. Not rites. Never does the Bible mention Jesus leading someone to repeat a “sinner’s prayer.” He is not looking for repeaters; He is calling out to followers.