"Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him." Matthew 4:18-22 (NASB)
How does reading about the call of Jesus to His disciples make you feel? When I read it, I feel a deep sense of longing—a yearning to have been one of the original twelve Jesus called as He walked this earth. His call is so compelling—so intense—so impossible to refuse. The appeal of Jesus' call was constraining enough to cause twelve grown men to drop everything they were doing, leave it all behind, and follow Him. Their lives, from that day forward, would never be the same.
The longer they walked with Jesus, the more like Him they became. The closer they drew to Him, the farther removed they were from what bound them to earth. The deeper they ventured into the spiritual, the greater the distance between them and shallow, unintentional living.
Jesus' call draws to what is most important—to the forsaking of what is temporal for the sake of what is eternal. As we respond to the call to follow Him, life as we know it will never be the same for us, either, and the longer we walk with Him, the less we will be attracted to what is unlike Him.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
Biblical Minimalism is the laying aside of the old and the picking up of the new life Jesus has for each one of us. He didn't promise it would be easy. Doing what is right seldom takes the path of least resistance, but He did promise He would walk with us every step of the way.
Do you hear His call? How will you respond? As you contemplate the way He lived His life, what do you identify as being something you may need to minimize?
In closing, I hope you enjoy listening to my sweet friend, Sarah Davison of High Road Music, sing a song about laying down the old coat of sin and picking up the new coat Jesus offers. If you would like to read an interview I did with Sarah, please click "The Inner Views of Sarah Davison."