Day 5

The First Disciples

from the Luke reading plan


Luke 5:1-39, Isaiah 58:6-12, Joel 2:12-17

BY Andrea Lucado

Intellect and logic would have told Jesus’s first disciples not to follow Him. They hardly knew the guy. They had stable jobs as fishermen and tax collectors. By the world’s logic, they shouldn’t have left steady paychecks to follow a practical stranger! But Jesus told Peter, James, and John, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people” (Luke 5:10 NIV). No questions asked. No curiosity expressed at the utter strangeness of this statement. What do you mean, “fish for people”?  The men simply “left everything, and followed him” (v.11).

It was the same with Matthew. Jesus hadn’t yet shaken Matthew’s hand before He was inviting the man along, saying, “Follow me!” Matthew’s response? Leaving everything behind, “he got up and began to follow him” (vv.27–28).

As a result of the disciples’ responses, they ended up on the adventure of a lifetime. Full of pain and heartache, yes, but oh, how it was worth it.

While reading today’s passage, I found myself feeling jealous of the disciples’ seemingly easy faith—and resonating with the Pharisees’ suspicious and questioning attitude. In some seasons, faith is easy. My heart believes. I see God at work and can faithfully follow. These days, faith is not coming as easily. My head is loud: This isn’t practical! This isn’t logical! Make a better plan for yourself! My heart is afraid: What if this doesn’t work out? What if Jesus was wrong? What if this will all be for nothing? I am uncertain of taking the next step Christ is calling me to. I am wary of the unlit path before me, even with Christ beside me.

But what does Jesus say? Don’t be afraid. Follow me.

Perhaps the disciples’ faith is not the point here, so much as Jesus’s belief in them. He had faith in Peter, James, John, and Matthew, didn’t He? He saw something in them they did not see in themselves, or else He wouldn’t have asked them to follow Him. Maybe when my faith feels weak, I do not need to muster more. Maybe it’s enough to remember I was called. Sometimes faith precedes the step. Sometimes it comes after.

The response to Jesus by these first disciples is immediate and whole-hearted. They leave everything behind. They follow Him—not because they are pious or perfect, but because Jesus is worth following. All they know at this point is they want to be near Him. So do I. Let’s surrender our hearts and our heads to Christ today. Let Him lead us on the unlit path. It may have pain and heartache, but oh, my friends, I think it will be worth it.

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104 thoughts on "The First Disciples"

  1. Edith Sotelo says:

    I need this study today❣ knowing he will love me no matter what! As long as I give full faith in him the Lord for he sent his son Jesus to save us ♥️

  2. Danya says:

    But what does Jesus say? Don’t be afraid. Follow me.

    Perhaps the disciples’ faith is not the point here, so much as Jesus’s belief in them. He had faith in Peter, James, John, and Matthew, didn’t He? He saw something in them they did not see in themselves, or else He wouldn’t have asked them to follow Him. Maybe when my faith feels weak, I do not need to muster more. Maybe it’s enough to remember I was called. Sometimes faith precedes the step. Sometimes it comes after

  3. Stephanie D says:

    I am also in a position where I don’t know where God calla me right now. I was at a job that I loved and my boss recently quit, which will change things quite a bit. Please pray for me to know God’s will for where I should be.

  4. Felicia Nunez says:

    God is sooo so good! He works through you even when you don’t know! Following him and continuing too is hard when you live around people who don’t but it is so worth it! Praying for myself and others who struggle sometimes!

  5. Brittany says:

    This is such a struggle for me. I look back on my life and see when my faith was strong. When I clearly felt and heard God calling me to the next step, and I boldly walked by faith. But now, I feel like I don’t know where He is calling me at all. I feel stuck, I don’t see a next step, and I feel like I should be doing more, doing something. Do you guys ever feel like He is being silent in a season?

  6. Melissa Martinez says:

    It’s so easy to follow Jesus when the season is just right but it’s so hard when it’s a tough time! I pray I remember these words in my time of need! Trust in lord with all my heart!!

  7. Joelle Long says:

    the thought about Jesus believing in us is a different train of thought, but powerful. I’ve gotten caught up in my end of faith – when in reality I can’t muster up any ounce of it on my own, it’s by God’s grace alone. And being reminded here that Jesus places value on us is empowering to walk out His path He lays before us.

  8. Joni Hammond says:

    I think I really needed to read this today. My family and I have went through a lot this past year, and I sometimes felt hesitant to follow what I knew God was asking me to do, I need to have more faith. I now do, but it took a while to get there. I need to practice not being skeptical and be quicker to believe and have faith like the disciples.

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