Fishers of Men

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.” Mark 1:16-17

It was another normal day of salmon fishing until Jens Oveson lost his footing and was carried helplessly away by the strong and frigid current of Norway’s Gaula River. Another fisherman, Kjell Wilhelmsen spotted Jens as he swept by, with only his face and the tips of his boots visible above the swirling water. Kjell’s years of experience told him where the current would take Jens, so he ran across the bridge and waited for Jens to appear. When he caught sight of him, he prepared to cast his line, rigged with a homemade lure. He caught him on the first cast from about ten yards out, using all of his skill to haul in the 250-pound man. Jens survived the ordeal, all because Kjell was willing to fish for a man.

"Follow Me," Jesus says, "and I will make you become fishers of men." God calls us to catch men and women who are bound for an eternity in hell if we don't reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That's our purpose.

Fishing for fish and fishing for men are very similar. Both require patience, skill, discernment, and persistence. How do you become a good fisher of men? Spend time with Jesus – the master fisherman, spend time with other good fisherman, and then go out, find a good spot and cast your line! Pray for God to open your eyes to where the fish are biting, learn to skillfully use the right bait and lures, be patient and leave the results to God. If you will keep on casting, if you keep talking to people about Jesus, God will bring the fish to you!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!