September 7

Matthew 4:18-22

“Follow Me”

After Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit led Him into the desert to be tempted by the devil. There, in the heat of the desert, Jesus fasted for forty days. Every time the devil tempted Him, Jesus used Scripture to make the right choice—He never sinned.

Then Jesus began preaching to the people, telling them that the kingdom of heaven is near. As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew. Jesus said to them, “Come follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” And they followed Him.

Later, Jesus saw two other fishermen, James and John, and called them too. Immediately, they left their boat and also followed Him.

Did the disciples know what it would cost to follow Jesus?

When people join a team or a club, they usually want to know what’s in it for them. If they put effort or money into something, they usually expect something back, whether it is having fun, being honored, or getting a reward.

When the time came for Jesus to begin His ministry, He started choosing a team of helpers. These first disciples had no idea what lay ahead—and they didn’t ask. Jesus simply said, “Follow Me,” and they followed. They didn’t know for how long, where they would sleep, or what they were expected to do. Even though they hadn’t known Jesus for long, they saw something in Him that helped them trust Him. They trusted Jesus enough to leave everything behind and follow Him—empty handed.

When Jesus calls you to follow Him—trust Him! Then you will also become a ‘fisher of men’ by bringing people to Him.

Verse for today

Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." Luke 9:58