Mark 1:16-18 (HCSB)
16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 18At once they left their nets and followed him.
The call of Jesus is not vague, nor imprecise. It is a call to become a “fisher of men.” It is a call that demands the denial of self and the prioritization of others and their spiritual condition.
Why then are there so many who call themselves followers of Jesus Christ but are not living as “fishers of men?” Could it be that the appeal to men and women to receive Christ has become simply a call to come and feel better? Has the appeal become merely a call to change one’s final destination? Has the message become the equivalent of a painkiller to life’s hurts?
There is no doubt that connecting to Jesus Christ by faith results in the forgiveness of sin and the beginning of a brand new life. It does convert pain into joy. It restores the broken relationship with God that you were born into. But it doesn’t stop there.
The call of God on one’s life radically changes a person so that they can live passionately and purposefully as a “fisher of men.” The call is undeniably MISSIONAL!
If you have gotten caught up in the medicinal benefits of salvation to the exclusion of the missional demands of salvation it is time to change. We are living amongst a people who are separated from God because they, like you and I, were born with a sin nature. They have absolutely no hope apart from Jesus Christ. How will they hear of the cure unless we tell them?
Come on now…don’t you think it’s about time for us “fishers of men” to do some fishing?