16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Mark 1:16-18
As I drive onto the campus here I often see our guests standing by the lake with their poles in the water. I don’t fish. I have no desire to learn how to either.
But Jesus calls us to be fishers of men. It’s interesting that Jesus chose so many fishermen to be His disciples. What was so special about fishing anyway? In The Believer’s Commentary by William MacDonald I found what is required in order to be a skilled fisherman.
Fishing requires: Patience, skill, discernment, persistence, and quietness.
These are the same requirements you and I must possess if we are going to be fishers of men. Reaching the unsaved takes patience. We need skill in how we share Christ with others. Knowing where the “fish” are requires discernment. To keep casting out the line and catching nothing requires persistence. A skilled fisher of men needs to know how to be quiet so the fish don’t get scared away.
Quietness in our alone time with the Master is also required. Ultimately, that is where we learn all these skills!
You and I may not like the sport of fishing but Jesus calls us to follow Him and become fishers of men.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Acting Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.