Matthew 4:18-22
18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and went with him. 21 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Ever wonder why these men just dropped everything and went to follow Jesus? Well, if you look at the Jewish system of training men, it is very simple. Boys started their religious education at the age of 6 by the age of 10 they had to memorize the first 5 books of the Bible, referred to as the Torah. Those who showed promise moved up to the second level and until the age of 14 memorized the rest of the Old Testament a total of 39 books. Then the cream of the crop was selected again and went onto the next level of discipleship. Once chosen they would leave everything and follow a rabbi in everything he did. At the age of 30 a disciple would typically leave his Rabbi and begin his own ministry accepting his own disciples. So you see these men knew the system and had probably been rejected way back at an early age by the Jewish leaders. They knew Jesus was a Rabbi and he was beginning his ministry according to Jewish tradition. It makes more sense now why these men would be so enthusiastic about leaving and following Jesus. They were chosen. Then for 3 years these men followed and learn from Jesus. He never rebukes His disciples for losing faith. It was their ability to do what He asked them to do that He addressed. He is doing the same today with you and me. It is our ability to do what He asks that gets us into trouble. Know His Word and then do His Word and you will go onto the next level as a ruler with Christ.

Have a God Day!