The Recruiting Offer of a Lifetime

I PLAY FOR HIM. While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is 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.” (Matthew 4:19). At once they left their nets and followed him. Little did these men know that the words Jesus spoke that day would be the most important recruiting offer they would ever hear. No prior experience could prepare them for the power that was about to unfold.

In the span of just a few short years, they would witness Him multiply food, (Luke 9:16) transform water to wine, (John 2:1-11) and walk across Sea of Galilee. (Matthew 4:18) They marveled as He commanded a storm to cease (Mark 4:39-41) and watched in awe as He summoned a paralytic to pick up his mat and walk (Mark 2:11). But before they witnessed any of those miraculous events, a two-word recruiting offer had been extended.

“Follow Me.”

He didn’t promise them a life free from hardship. Nor did he offer them fame in exchange for their allegiance. His charge to this group is a sobering reminder to us all that in order to be on His team, we must be willing to push every chip to the middle and declare, “I’m all in.”

When all is said and done, it’s His team and His game. But don’t miss this point, Jesus isn’t just asking you and me to join His team, he’s recruiting us to play for Him.