16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”18At once they left their nets and followed him. 19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said,” Jesus says this to all his disciples, and the response of Simon, Andrew, James and John was to “at once” and “without delay” to follow Jesus. These same men went on to be Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the founders of the Church, and eventually all, except John, was martyred for the faith. Great is their reward in heaven.
We see another instance when Jesus calls disciples, ”59He said to another man, “Follow me.”But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”60Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”61Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”62Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Lk. 9:59-62
What do we see when Jesus calls these dicsiples, excuses. “Yes Lord , BUT…”Anyone who spends an hour in the present day church knows it is full of “Yes Lord, BUT…” Christians. Jesus does not sugar coat the cost of discipleship, as do many “leaders” in the church today. We must, “lose our lives to find it.” (Mat.16:25) We must, “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.” (Rms.12:1) We must say, “Here am I send me” (Is.6:8) not Yes, Lord, BUT… All or nothing, or in that day we might hear from out Lord, “I never knew you” (Mat.7:22,23) not, “Well done good and faithful servant.” (Mat.25:23)