As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. – Mark 1:16-18
Was Jesus out for a casual stroll along the shores of Galilee, or was he on a mission to build his team? It appears that he was on a mission to build his team. In fact, in his account of this event Luke gives a few more details. Luke tells us that Jesus was ministering on the shore and people were crowding around him.
Being pressed by the people he looked and saw two boats on the shore near him. He stepped into one of the boats and continued teaching. When he had finished teaching to told Simon, the owner of the boat, to launch out into the deep water and put out their nets for a good catch.
Simon argued that they had fished all night and had caught nothing, but he relented and cast off. To his surprise, when he and his brother Andrew cast the nets into the water they caught so many fish that they needed help to get them in the boat. They called to some friends, James and John, who were nearby to come and help.
When all of the fish were put in the boats both boats were so full they nearly sank. Simon was so overwhelmed he fell to his knees before Jesus and cried, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man.” Jesus replied, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”
How did they respond? They put their boats ashore, left them there, and followed Jesus (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus had his first four disciples; Simon, Andrew, James and John.
Jesus still calls men and women to follow him and to be fishers of men. The method God has ordained for the kingdom of God to spread is through the witness of believers. These four soon became twelve and Jesus sent them out two by two to fish for men. God is still looking for fishermen to be fishers of men.
Prayer: Lord, there are people around me who need to hear about you, help me to be a faithful fisherman. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: Jesus still calls men and women to follow him and to be fishers of men. The method God has ordained for the kingdom of God to spread is through the witness of believers.
Affirmation: I have heard the call to be a fisher of men and I am committed to spreading the message of the kingdom of God and faith in Christ.
Reflection: Look at this story very carefully to see how many applications you can get from it. First, they were working, even though their labor produced no results. Then, though they were tired, they obeyed. Dig deeper into this parable and you will find other applications.
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