Fishing for People – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:18-22
Key Verse: Matthew 4:19
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
It is a familiar analogy for us: Jesus called fishermen to follow Him and fish for people. These men that Jesus first called to follow Him had been around fishing all their lives. They understood the trade; it was hard work. When they left their nets behind and followed Jesus, they may not have realized how hard their lives would be as they learned to fish for people!
I have always wondered why they so readily left their livelihood and followed Jesus. What information is missing in this narrative? Had they heard of Jesus and His teaching? When He spoke to them, was there a divine voice in their inner being that convinced them to follow? We may never truly know but they went, and discovered that Jesus was no ordinary man; His mission was no ordinary mission.
Jesus lived every day, not to make money, but to gain people. Fishing for men was His life and He invited others to join Him in this lifelong challenge. This is the top reason we believe in fishing for people: Jesus calls us to the task! We believe He is the Son of God, thus He teaches and we, His followers, simply obey! Our lives are all about being an influence on others to become followers of Jesus Christ. (Continued)
Father, I say “yes” to your call to become a fisherman for people! In Jesus’ name, amen.