Zebedee, a commercial fisherman, had hired men working for him, yet James and John, toiled alongside them mending their father’s nets. What was it about those two sons of Zebedee that prompted Jesus to choose them as disciples soon after he had chosen Simon and Andrew, two other fishermen? I like to think it was because Jesus saw their willingness to work alongside hired men for the greater purpose of making their father’s nets stable for the next draw. When Jesus called them, they understood the greater purpose of being fishers of men and followed Him.
“When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him,” (Mark 1:18-20, Holy Bible, New King James).
Prayer: Thank You Lord for this example of how You called ordinary people to become Your disciples. You are still making room for workers in your kingdom. Amen.