1 Jesus calls us, o’er the tumult
of our life’s wild, restless sea,
day by day his voice is sounding,
saying, “Christian, follow me.”
2 Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world’s golden store,
from each idol that would keep us,
saying “Christian, love me more.”
3 Long ago apostles heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and work and family,
leaving all for his dear sake.
4 In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of work and hours of ease,
still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love me more than these.”
5 Jesus calls us! By your mercy,
Savior, may we hear your call,
give our hearts to your obedience,
serve and love you best of all.
For Jesus’ calling of his disciples see Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20, Luke 5:1-11, and John 1:40-42.
For his general call to all disciples see such passages as Matthew 16:24-28, Luke 9:23-27, 14:25-35; and 17:22-37.
Stanza 2 warns us against “the vain world’s golden store” and “each idol,” a parallel warning to that of the Decalogue given on Mt. Sinai. Similarly, Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 34, Question and Answer 95 says: “Idolatry is having or inventing something in which one trusts in place of or alongside of the only true God, who has revealed himself in the Word.”