One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men. (NIV)
It would seem that the guys Jesus chose to follow him had not been put through some psychological aptitude test. They had not had to get some formal qualification. They didn’t have to do some practical work to indicate if they were worthy or otherwise. Jesus invited them to follow him and they did.
They made lots of mistakes, and lots of things never sunk into their thick heads. But it seems they learnt on the job. It seems Jesus was more concerned for availability than ability. It seems Jesus called them just as they were and expected them to grow along the way as they journeyed with him.
We can follow Jesus and be fruitful in his service without having to wait to be ready for it. We are not to wait till we get ourselves sorted out. For most of us, that would mean waiting forever! Jesus will take us on-board and help us get sorted out along the way, always understanding that this side of heaven none of us is well and truly sorted out.
We come to Jesus just as we are and let him get to work on us. He only works on broken and weak people because in truth they are the only ones around the place. We are all in that situation, though some don’t admit it. Come as you are, and let Jesus help you become who he made you to be.