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Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. [20] And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.  Mark 1:16-20


One of the things that people have noticed for centuries is that Jesus called his disciples with a simple promise; “I will make you fishers of men.” And it makes sense to use this metaphor with the four men mentioned in the passage above because it plays nicely off of their profession.

However, there are two elements pregnant within this call that are not readily noticed and they are absolutely vital to you and I actually becoming that which we are called to be.

1) It Is Jesus Who Makes

Did you catch that? It is not the four fisherman who now have to re-train themselves for a vocational change but it is Jesus who affirms that it is his work to remake these men.

It is not our responsibility to make ourselves into people who share the Gospel message. This is something Jesus alone can produce.

So many of us struggle with feelings of inadequacy in the task of evangelism because we are trying to make ourselves into some version of Billy Graham. We cannot do it.

What we should do in the process is ask Jesus, through consistent and fervent prayer, to do in us what he said he would do.

Our cry should be that Jesus make us into people who draw others to the Savior.

As this prayer becomes habit, we will find ourselves taking advantage of the fishing opportunities that Jesus provides. The result of praying in this manner is a heightened awareness of the fishing task.

As we see the opportunities we seize them, all along realizing that it is Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, who is making us.

2) It Is With Others That Jesus Invites Us Into Joy

Why is it only possible to truly love God and appreciate his glory with others?

Let me explain. We have all experienced an amazing moment: gorgeous sunset, snow-capped mountains, the birth of a baby. To experience any one of these alone is great.

The enjoyment however, is made so much greater when the moment is shared with others. It is better to watch the sun go down with someone special. It is more fun to hike up the mountain with your buddies.

It is pure joy to welcome your child into the world as a couple. Why is this the case?

Because you and I cannot fully enjoy Jesus by ourselves.

We have to gaze upon him with others. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder admiring the resurrection and each of us points out a nuance that the other missed. “Oh wow, I never noticed that!” “Hey did you check this out?” “I never saw that before.”

And so we help each other to get a fuller more amazing picture of our glorious God and Savior.

The promise to make us into fishers of men is both a promise that Jesus will do the work and invitation into the fullest joy imaginable.

– Eric Creekmore, Lead Pastor