September 12, 2016

Read: Matthew 4:18-22
I am quite possibly the worst fisher . . . ever. On the few occasions when I have approached the water with hook, line, and sinker, the fish have probably mocked me under the surface. And yet, I cannot avoid the reality that Jesus has called me to resemble a fisherman!
When Jesus called his disciples (Matthew 4:18-22), he came to them when they were minding their own business. They were fishermen doing what fishermen do! As they were casting and tending to their nets, Jesus uttered the call of discipleship—“Follow me.” To be a disciple is simply that—to follow Jesus. One of the most striking details in this story is how immediately the disciples responded. When Jesus called to Simon and Andrew, we are told that “Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Further on, when He called James and John, “Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.” What a challenge for us to do likewise—to hear Jesus’ call and respond immediately!
Yet, Jesus said more than just “Follow me.” He said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” These disciples would become fishermen who fished for men! This is discipling—hearing the call to follow Jesus, and inviting others to follow Him as well.
You may be like me, a horrible fisherman. But that does not mean you cannot be a fisher of men! Have you heard Jesus’ call to follow Him? Have you responded? If so, ask Him to show you where to cast your net for others!