18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
The mandate that Jesus left for us to accomplish before his return is to make disciples of all nations. In other words, we are to become fishers of men. When it comes to this, many of us have reasons and excuses why we cannot go just like Moses did when God called him to go back to Egypt to face Pharaoh and declare “Let my people go!”
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The harvest is truly plentiful; people are hungry for God and all they are waiting for is for someone like you and I who know the good news to tell them. The bible asks in the book of Romans, “How will they know unless they hear and how will they hear unless someone tells them?”
The first step in becoming a fisher of men is to heed the call and then follow Jesus because only he can make you a fisher of men. When Jesus called Peter and his brother Andrew, he told them to follow him and he would make them fishers of men. You don’t just become a fisher of men, you have to be made, (talking about a process) and this happens as you follow Jesus.
But what does it mean when we talk about following? To follow means to walk behind, it denotes motion and not stagnation. To follow means to observe and imitate the direction of the one you are following, meaning you take your queues from him. You cannot follow without first being in a place of surrender. You have to put down your will and humble yourself in order to follow another. Something else to take note of when following, you must be in close proximity to the one you are following and you have to be alert because you have to observe and listen to what he says and does so that you are able to follow, otherwise you might get distracted and lose your way.
Remember Peter and Andrew were fishermen, that is what they did to earn a living and here comes Jesus asking them to follow him and the bible says they immediately left their nets and followed him. Following Jesus cost them something. They had a choice to make, would they refuse the invitation and continue life as they knew it or would they trust Jesus enough to lay down what they were good at, what they were comfortable with and follow him into the unknown?
You and I have the same decision to make today!