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Come With Me

When you have a job that needs doing, you need the right tools.  Some jobs can’t be done alone, and so we need the right people to help us.

Jesus needs the right people to help him.


Matthew 4:12-23 (CEV)

Jesus Begins His Work

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went to Galilee. 13 But instead of staying in Nazareth, Jesus moved to Capernaum. This town was beside Lake Galilee in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet Isaiah had said,

15 “Listen, lands of Zebulun
    and Naphtali,
lands along the road
to the sea
and east
    of the Jordan!
Listen Galilee,
    land of the Gentiles!
16 Although your people
    live in darkness,
they will see
    a bright light.
Although they live
    in the shadow of death,
a light will shine
    on them.”

17 Then Jesus started preaching, “Turn back to God! The kingdom of heaven will soon be here.”

Jesus Chooses Four Fishermen

18 While Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers. One was Simon, also known as Peter, and the other was Andrew. They were fishermen, and they were casting their net into the lake. 19 Jesus said to them, “Come with me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” 20 Right then the two brothers dropped their nets and went with him.

21 Jesus walked on until he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus asked them to come with him too. 22 Right away they left the boat and their father and went with Jesus.

Jesus Teaches, Preaches, and Heals

23 Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the Jewish meeting places and preaching the good news about God’s kingdom. He also healed every kind of disease and sickness.

‘Turn back to God’,
that was his cry.
We heard him,
though we weren’t sure what he meant.
How could we turn back to God,
I’m not sure we’d ever turned
from him.
We might not be as religious
as we could be,
but we believed in God,
of course we did.

Then it all became much more personal,
no longer a general cry to the crowds,
he came
right over to us.
We were minding our own business,
getting on with our fishing,
doing what we’d always done.
Jesus came and said,
‘Come with me’.
He told us nothing about where we were going,
just that we were going to fish for people
instead of fish.
What on earth does that mean?
Who knows,
who knew…
But do you know,
we went with him,
we left everything we had,
our business,
our livelihood,

There was something about Jesus,
something that just meant
that you couldn’t ignore him,
we had to go and find out more,
see what it was all about.
Our nets would still be there tomorrow.

As we went along,
he called to two more,
come and join us,
come and see.
They left all their stuff too,
and their dad.

So off we went.
Who knew what kind of adventure we were on.

when I hear your call,
may I respond,
leave what I am doing
to follow your invitation
to come with you

In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.


Come and join me

One of the first memory verses I can remember learning is “At once they left their nets and went with him”.

It comes from this passage (in a different version).

It is the response of the disciples to Jesus’ invitation to join him.

But what strikes me today, is not just the response, but the invitation.

It’s all very carefully made clear that this person, Jesus, is the one who is making God’s promises come true.  He is the one that God has promised to bring his light to the world, and release and relief for the captives.


He is the one

and yet…

and yet he invites some ordinary fishermen to come and join him.  To come with him and learn a new task, to bring in people.


That blows my mind.  Surely Jesus had the power and the capability to do anything and everything, but he wants people to help him.  Not because he can’t do it, because he wants us to join with him.

Jesus has not come to do the job alone – we are invited to join him.

Come with me and I will teach you how to bring in people

It’s not God doing it, or us doing it, we are doing it together.

God is inviting you to join him in his work – we don’t have to do it alone, but we do have to get up from our nets and go with him.

Come with me…


Thank you Lord that you invite us to join in your work.

Help us to leave what we are doing

and follow you.

Equip us for what you call us to

and at all times help us to remember

that it is you we follow