The 4 requirements of discipleship

The 4 requirements of discipleship

Mark 1: 16-20

“As 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.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.”

Casting or mending.

Simon and Andrew were casting their nets. James and John were mending theirs.

This is what they did every day. It was their life, if they were not taking all the salt off your nets they were repairing them all for the reason of casting them with the hope that today would be the big catch. They did this every day, it was all they knew. The same boat, same nets, same lake, same fish, life didn’t change much. That is until Jesus came along.

“I am going somewhere, I have a purpose, it is to people; we are going to catch people from their sea of fears, uncertainties and storms.”

Simon and Andrew were casting their nets. They didn’t wait to see if they had caught anything. They didn’t secure their business less someone steal what they may have caught. They left it all in an act of surrender and followed Jesus. The team was now 3 with Jesus.

James and John were mending their nets. There were others in the boat with them, their father and other fishermen hired for the day, this was a progressive business.  Jesus didn’t call all of them, he called James and John. They most probably knew Simon and Andrew and seeing them follow, maybe hearing of what and why they had decided to follow Jesus, they too followed. The team was now 5 with Jesus.

The foundation for this discipleship team was built that day and it hasn’t changed to this day:

Call – Have you known that call, that awakening moment when you know He was capturing your attention? Learn to fall in love with that voice. Whether you find it in a book, the Bible, in creation, in a sermon preached, in worship, in the stillness of your soul, once you have heard it, nurture it and above all respond to it, ‘Here I am’.

Purpose – The purpose is to follow Jesus. Walking behind Jesus that day what were they thinking? Maybe they were looking at how he styled his hair, what he was wearing, how he walked, was Jesus a fast walker and did they have to keep up, what kind of sandals did he wear? The following was to know Him.

Sent – We are sent to people with what we have learnt from a person: Jesus. He sends us to people, to rescue them, to set them free. We have to fish for them, we have to cast our nets far and wide, we have to reach them. They are not going to jump on the boat no matter how much entertainment or enticements we create for them. We have to catch them. Being sent is work.

Surrender – Following means leaving. That means pain either for you or those you leave behind. Surrender means you cut yourself free from ties so that you can be obedient.

These are still constant requirements for every disciple.



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