In Matthew 4:18-22, Jesus calls His first four disciples. I find it interesting that He called four men who were working hard, probably out making a living for their families. They were also willing and obedient to follow Jesus. Peter and Andrew left their fishing nets “AT ONCE AND FOLLOWED HIM.” The scripture also says that “James and John IMMEDIATELY left their boat and their father and followed him.”
So often I have trouble with immediate obedience. I might argue with God or doubt that God knows what he is asking of me. It also seems easy to allow other things to be more important than following Jesus. We need to remember that whatever God asks us to do, he will give us everything we need to be obedient.
My final thought is that God often use our natural abilities for a higher purpose. These four men were fishermen and Jesus promised to make them FISHERS OF MEN. There is no greater purpose for our lives than to lead people to Christ and teach them to be followers of Him!