Fishers of men

Mark 1:14-20

Have you ever noticed when fishing that none of the fish you catch come willingly? Whether throwing a net or casting a line with a rod and real, the fish you catch always try to get away. It is their natural instinct to try and escape.

Jesus was walking along the lake shore and spotted Peter and Andrew casting nets into the water. He said to them, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” The two came willingly. They didn’t even put up a fight. A little while later James and John had the same experience. It seems Jesus has a knack for fishing for people.

Like Peter, Andrew, James and John, Jesus calls all Christians to become fishers of people. The disciples learned how by watching and imitating their teacher. Jesus taught them by his faithful example. We can learn in the same way, by gleaning from scripture the ways of God and by imitating our teacher Jesus Christ.

By sharing the gospel and inviting others to worship, we become fishers of people. Even as those we contact may decide to turn another way, or resist being caught, the mission remains the same. Jesus said he would make us fishers for people. The catching is the work of the Master.

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, give me the will and desire to be a fisher of men, that others would come to know you as Lord and Savior. Amen.

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