Today, we are examining two verses, Mark 1:16,17. Jesus begins his Galilean ministry by calling his disciples. As he is walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he sees Simon and Andrew, two brothers, both fishermen. It must have been a rather lucrative fishing business, for later on we see that James and John, two other brothers, worked with them. When Jesus called them, he simply said, "Follow me." And they did. Sometimes, I think, we overlook the simple fact that we are to be "followers of Jesus." We lay down our own jobs, rights and privileges and follow Jesus. Our desire is to emulate him, live as he lives, do as he did. We suffer as he suffered, love as he loved and serve as he served. We follow him because that's how he called us. Quite simply, he said, "Follow me."
Also, as we follow Jesus, he makes us into "fishers of men." Note we are not called "catchers of men." One of my friends who taught me how to fish used to say to me, after a day when we didn't catch anything, that's why they call it "fishing not catching!" I am to go fishing for the souls of others. Daily, as I walk into the world, I'm to prepare myself to share Christ. I'm to know how to share Christ. I do share Christ.
But here's a key: l leave the "catching" to God. I do fish. But he does all the catching. Using a business metaphor, I"m in sales, God's in management.
Leaving the catching to God does not take away my responsibility to fish. But it does take off the pressure of feeling responsible for the catch.
When I follow Jesus, I am a fishermen of people. That's why Jesus came to earth: "For the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). But it's God's job, through his Holy Spirit, to draw all people to himself. It doesn't negate our responsibility. But it should take the pressure off for success.