Fishers of Men
Then [Jesus] said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” (Matthew 4:19 NKJV)
Simon Peter and his brother Andrew were fishermen; and when Jesus called them to be his disciples, he spoke to them in a language that they would understand. He said to them, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Although the people Jesus calls to be his followers today are for the most part not fishermen, he is still calling men and women to be fishers of men— to be used by God to see people be set free from their sins and God’s kingdom extended. Notice that Jesus did not tell the disciples, “You will make yourselves fishers of men”; instead, he said, “I will do it. I will make you fishers of men.” And he is making the very same offer to those who would follow him today.
As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, let’s pray that God will lead us to someone to whom we can minister, for whom we can pray, with whom we can share the gospel. It could be a neighbor, a friend, a coworker or a family member that we can bring with us to church on Sunday. It could be a schoolteacher or police officer or a salesperson that we come across. God can use us to see a breakthrough in someone's life. But we need to be led by the Holy Spirit; we have to be bold and full of love. God will put the word in our mouths— a word that will show God’s love to that person and that will bring conviction leading to repentance and salvation.
How amazing it is that God still calls his people to be fishers of men! Can we believe God to lead us this week to someone who needs to hear how much God loves them?
Read Matthew 4:18-22.