Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
Can you imagine walking up to someone and saying, “Follow me!” Forget about the making of fishers of men part for a second and just think about it. Where would they follow you and what would they learn if they were following you. Maybe you have some followers if you have a business, lead a team or ministry somewhere. Are they following your example, or do they only do what you tell them to do regardless of what your behavior?
So, Jesus told Simon and Andrew to follow Him. To them this meant that they would leave their business of fishing, leave their homes to travel with Jesus and leave behind all the relationships they had up until that point. There is no indication from scripture that they struggled with this calling. The passage says immediately they left what they were doing to follow Him. They believed they met the Messiah and that they would be part of His liberation of Israel from Roman oppression. It didn’t take long, however for them to realize there wasn’t going to be a revolt, Jesus was showing them how to gather up people into the Kingdom of heaven. He said: Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.
It is interesting that He said I will MAKE you fishers of men and not I will show you how to be fishers of men. As we read further down the passage, we see that as they followed Jesus and served in His ministry, they were close to all the miracles and wonders He was doing wherever He went. It didn’t happen overnight, but the more time they spent with Jesus, the more they became gatherers of people. Finally, after Jesus’ resurrection, on the day of Pentecost, the disciples gathered more in one day than they had the entire three years that they were with Jesus. Because of the time they spent with Him and obeying His command to go and wait until the Holy Spirit filled them with His power, they truly became fishers of men and turned the world upside down with their witness. (see Acts 17)
Jesus gives the same call to us today. He wants us to follow the leading of His Spirit and fill up with His power to gather up the people of our day. Those that we work with, those in our neighborhoods and those throughout our communities. The closer we walk with Him the more effective we will be. It will require setting aside some quiet time with Him each day to press in and grow your relationship with Him. Learn to hear His voice and direction and He will lead you in demonstration of His power. Soon you will be gathering up people all over the entire world.
Today I want to encourage you to follow Him. Press into Him each day and learn what mission He has for you to follow Him in. Ask Him about who He would have you to reach out to each day. Whether to encourage, pray with or simply sit with and let them know the love God has for them. Follow Him in your daily walk and His presence will MAKE you fishers of people.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 4:18-25
18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.