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Mark 1:16-20
Saturday, April 21 2012

Fishers of Men...

Jesus recruits His first disciples:

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him. -Mark 1:16-20, NAB

In today's verse, we hear a common phrase quoted from Scripture where Jesus tells Simon and Andrew that He will make them "fishers of men."  First, we notice that Christ came to them.  He did not sit and wait for people to come to Him; He actively sought out His followers.  The same is true for us.  Christ is willing to meet you exactly where you are, but then asks you to come follow Him.  Have you left to follow Him yet, or are you still exactly where He found you?

While they may have been out searching for fish, which they considered their purpose in life, Jesus offered them something different.  By asking them to be fishers of men, He is asking them, in language they can understand, to use their skills and abilities in a new way.  Instead of fishing for food to sustain their earthly bodies, He asks them to fish for souls.  In that same way, Christ will ask us to use the tools and gifts we already have to win over souls for Heaven.

The final and most important part of this story is that they abandoned their nets, their worldly pursuits, and followed Christ.  We must also drop our own worldly pursuits to follow God.  By no means am I saying that you should quit your job and join a monastery, but we have to change our focus in life.  Don't hold onto your old life.  When you accept Christ, you are accepting a new life.  It should change your thoughts and actions, as well as your direction in life.

Are you ready to be a fisher of men?  Christ has to come to meet you right where you are, and He is asking you to follow Him.  He wants you to use the skills and talents He has given you for a new purpose - to bring souls into the Kingdom.  It's time for a new path and direction to your life.  Let go of who you used to be and take the first step to being a fisher of men.

 

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