14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him. (Mark 1:14-20, NRSV)
I love this verse. We think Jesus saw these men and invited them on a journey that would change their lives forever and he did, but it’s not a come along with me as a friend and partner it is a follow in behind me and know who the leader is. οπισω μου (opiso mu) means get behind me. Not walk along side me, but follow me.
Jesus is calling all of us to leave our old lives behind us and to stare at the back of His head. Follow where He leads, trusting where He leads.