Episode 163: Qualifications of a Disciple
“As He passed alongside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. “Follow Me”, Jesus told them, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John putting their nets in order. Immediately He called them and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.” (Mark 1:16-20)
Have you applied for a job that you knew you weren’t qualified to fill? Have you spent time and money to become more educated, more highly trained, or possess a new skill set so you can do a job that you desire? Have you ever been told you were overqualified or “just not what we are looking for”? We go to extreme lengths many times so that we can gain someone else’s acceptance or join an organization. That wasn’t the case for the disciples.
These men we see chosen in this passage are all fishermen. They were part of the family business, blue collar workers simply doing what they could to make ends meet. These are the men Jesus called to be His disciples. Jesus didn’t go to other Rabbis and poach their best pupils. He didn’t go to the schools and pick the brightest students to be His disciples. In fact, the men Jesus chose, didn’t pass the test to follow any Rabbi. They were at the bottom of the class to become disciples which is why they were back on the boats in the family fishing business. The only thing they had to do to be a disciple of Jesus was simply to follow when called.
Often we fall into the trap of thinking we are not qualified to be called as a disciple. We think we don’t know enough about the Bible or are too broken to be used. Our past feels too stained to be a representative of Jesus. In reality, the only thing required to be called and used by Jesus, is breath in our lungs. The only step we need to take in order to be a disciple of Jesus, is the next one. Jesus asks us simply to follow Him. He doesn’t ask us to fill out an application and list our qualifications and accomplishments. He doesn’t require any degrees or certifications to be His disciple. He simply bids us to follow Him. It’s up to us to take the first step and then every next step after that.
Let us be a people who answer the call to follow Jesus in the same manner of Simon, Andrew, James, and John. Let us respond immediately, without hesitation or question, and start stepping in the direction Jesus is leading us. Let’s not chase qualifications of discipleship when Jesus has already called us as His disciples. The only thing needed from us is obedience to the call, not qualifications to be called.
Love Y’all! Be Blessed!