This is a favorite question for curious children. When a parent says 'come with me' they are likely to hear the response 'where to?'. I don't mind the question when I get it...unless it is a tactic for stalling. It doesn't appear that Jesus got that question from these four fishermen:
Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. “The time promised by God has come at last!” He announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!” 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. (Mark 1:14-20 NLT)
They just began to follow...but 'where were they going'?
1. They were going on an adventure of a lifetime! They would see things that no eye had seen and no ear had heard. Every day would bring a new revelation. Personally, I like adventure and the life of a Follower of Jesus is just that!
2. They were getting front row tickets to the Kingdom of God! Feeding 5000. Healing the sick. Raising the dead. I bet they had to pinch themselves to see if they were dreaming. When you and I follow Jesus we get to be up close and personal to God at work in our world.
3. They were going to experience the greatest highs and lows humanity can experience. They would experience the love of Jesus...true love that only God can lavish upon His people. They would experience the loss of Jesus at the cross. They would experience the Risen Savior at the resurrection.
4. They were going along 'The Way' of God. Every step of the journey, Jesus was fulfilling the law of God and the prophecy of Scripture. Every conversation, Jesus was giving us a new Way to live. The way of grace and truth. There were many potential teachers that these men would follow but none like Jesus. You and I have many so-called-alternatives to try and follow to give us a better life...but none like Jesus!
Likewise, Jesus' call to you and I to 'Come and Follow Him' will allow us to experience these same things. The only difference is the 'lows' of the cross have already been experienced. Jesus' does tell us to 'take up our cross and follow Him' so we too must experience the hard and difficult parts of the journey as we go along The Way.
Your path is not much different than the path of these fishing disciples. Stay on it! By doing so we will experience the greatest adventure this life has to offer and will see things that Hollywood cannot reproduce.