“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” Matt 17:1-2
The longer the disciples followed Jesus the more intimately they got to know Him. This incident on the Mount of Transfiguration was an opportunity for Peter, James, and John to do just that. Jesus was “transfigured” before their very eyes. He changed without changing. He, for the moment, did not hide His Divine and majestic glory. They saw Him as He really is – God in the flesh.
When followers of Jesus follow Jesus they are going to grow in their knowledge of who He is. That intimacy will fuel a desire to talk about Him to others. The better you know Him, the more you’ll want to make Him known. Therefore, a “fisher of men” must know God. Knowing God is the divinely prescribed catalyst that propels a “fisher of men” to tell others about Jesus Christ.
Think about this privilege to know God for a moment. God wants us to know Him and He takes the time to reveal Himself to His followers so they can know Him. What an amazing opportunity and gift! The Apostle Paul knew this quite well and stated that his ultimate desire and goal was to “know” God (Phil 3:10). In fact, he went on to say that he would be investing all of his energies in the pursuit of knowing God. Why? Because Jesus Christ is enough! He is all a person really needs. We were made for Him and will never be totally satisfied or fulfilled with anything else but Him.
If knowing God is essential to life as a “fisher of men” then we must take steps to get to know Him. The most helpful thing in this journey for me personally is reading through the Gospels on a regular basis. The Gospels introduce us to Jesus. The Gospels reveal His motives, His agenda, and His nature. Instead of wondering what God is really like, why not open your Bible right now and start readying one of the Gospel accounts? While you’re reading, continually ask the question, “What does this tell me about what God is like?”
You can expect God to speak through His Word about who He is.