Don’t You Think is another song I wrote with Andrew Osenga. I had explained to him some of what I wanted the record to sound like, and he immediately started playing this great guitar part. So I grabbed my iPhone and turned on the recorder. He played the progression again and started to sing. At the end he apologized for and I quote, “smashing, like, three different Bible stories together.” Okay, maybe the theology wasn’t pristine on the first take, but I loved the beginning of the song… “Peter cast his nets on the water.”
And I began to wonder, what IS the rest of this story?
18 “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
We find this story in Matthew 4. Two brothers are fishing, plying the trade they had been trained their whole lives for. Jesus comes by, invites them, and they leave everything. Because He helped them catch a lot of fish?
They left and followed because He offered them more. More than they had. More than they hoped. More than they dreamed.
I was shocked the day I found out that He made the same offer to the rich young ruler. His invitation is the same, “Follow me.” But the young man held so tightly to the things he had that he couldn’t leave them. He missed out on the opportunity to be a disciple of Jesus because he couldn’t leave his wealth.
Jesus offers a life with Him that is more than anything we have. More than the fishermen’s careers and families. More than the young man’s wealth. More than everything I have. If we will follow.
Here are the stories behind the other songs on #H2BL.
Don’t You Think
Your Great Name