Fishers of Men

Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.  And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.  And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

Mark 1:16-18

When Jesus came walking along the sea of Galilee and came to Simon and Andrew, He told them to follow Him.  Making the best decision of their lives, they immediately forsook all and followed Him.  But what Jesus told them was interesting: “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”

These men were fishermen by trade.  Fishing was their job and their livelihood.  It was “what they did.”  But when Jesus came, He told them that He would make them fishers of men.  There was nothing wrong with them catching fish for a living.  But Jesus had something higher in mind for them.  He had a higher calling for them, if they would step out by faith and take it – which they did.

We all have jobs and careers.  Just think for a second about all of the occupations of the people you know.  There is probably a great variety.  In fact, we have probably done many different jobs ourselves over the course of a lifetime.  There is nothing wrong with having a job or having a career.  But it is important to not allow ourselves to become defined by our occupations.  As Christians, we all have a “higher calling.”  We do something to make money to support our families, but we should be, first and foremost, followers of Jesus Christ.

I am a teacher.  But when I think about “what I am,” I should think “Christian,” not “teacher.”  When I think about “what I do,” I should think “I follow Jesus.”  No matter what our occupation, we are all called to “follow Him.”

*I am going to be gone this week, so feel free to comment, but I will not be able to respond until this weekend.  Thanks for reading!

2 responses to this post.

  1. This really blessed me, Ben. Thank you! To think about what I am, as being His . .. not necessarily what I do. God bless you!


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