"One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers - Simon also called Peter, and 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."
Jesus encounters two brothers who are doing what they are trained and have expertise in doing - fishing. I've never been fishing before but I always admire the scene of people fishing by the side of a lake as I go on walks. However, the difference between the individuals I observe and the fisherman is there had to have been a greater intensity to the fishing effort. After all, this was not something Peter and Andrew did for leisure on a Saturday morning - fishing was their profession. Their provision came from the fish they caught and shared to the market.
They obviously were qualified to fish, yet Jesus puts a prerequisite before them - follow me first. Peter and Andrew were on their way to a promotion to fishing for souls! But first they had to learn how to submit and follow. They had to learn how to put aside what was important to them so they could embrace what was important to God.
We all have been given a mandate - a purpose for why we are here. And it's easy to pursue things that would "qualify" us for the job. However, like Peter and Andrew - we first and foremost must learn how to follow after God. Am I more concerned about how many followers I can gain or am I more concerned with following God? The pursuit to follow God first does not delay your purpose - it is actually the key to it.
So in this year, make a decision to follow first.