Simple, Not Easy
People often use the words simple and easy as though they mean the same thing. But really, they are different. Simple means not complicated. Easy means not requiring much effort or sacrifice.
When Jesus called his first disciples, his instructions were simple...
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers - Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew - throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!" Matthew 4:18-19
Jesus asked these men to follow him. He did not give them a test to see how much they knew. He did not ask them to show him what they could do. He just asked them to follow him.
The invitation was simple. But it was not easy.
Following Jesus meant leaving their work. It meant leaving their families for long periods. It meant leaving behind the people and things they knew and starting something new. They didn't know what would happen or what to expect. All they knew was that Jesus was calling them to do it. And that was enough.
And they left their nets at once and followed him. Matthew 4:20
It's pretty amazing that Peter and Andrew just walked away from their fishing nets. But Jesus is pretty amazing. So, even though it wasn't easy, the choice was simple.
The truth is, following Jesus is not easy. Like Peter and Andrew, we have to leave some things behind. We have to spend less time doing some things and more time doing others. We have to set aside what we want and what we know and listen to Jesus.
But following Jesus is simple. He will lead us where he wants us to go. He will tell us what he wants us to do. He will show us what he wants us to see. And, just like Jesus, it will be amazing!
Read Luke 5:1-11 This is Luke's version of how Jesus called Peter and Andrew as well as two other fishermen named James and John. How did Jesus show them that he is amazing? How did Peter respond to what Jesus did?
Draw a picture of Peter and Andrew following Jesus. Feel free to include James and John, too. Think about how they would have looked and felt and include that in your artwork.
Draw the shape of a fish on the back of your hand with a marker. As you see the fish throughout the day, remember how Jesus called Peter and Andrew...and that he has called you, too.