Jesus has started his ministry and now, Matthew tells us about Him calling His first disciples. In Matthew 4: 18-22, Matthew states that Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee. What kind of men would Jesus find by the sea anyway? Fishermen.
I am told in my study bible that evangelism was at the heart of Jesus. Evangelism is preaching about a belief with the goal of converting others to your belief. Of course this makes sense because Jesus wants us all to be saved! But first, Jesus needs disciples to testify about His ministry.
Jesus knowing where to find somewhat trained disciples,was walking by the Sea of Galilee. When He saw two brothers casting their nets into the water. One was name Simon called Peter and the other Andrew.
Jesus said, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew informs us they dropped their nets and followed Jesus. Then Matthew mentions two more brothers with their father (Zebedee), James and John. We are told they left their nets and their father, to go with Jesus.
We see no mention of these men asking Jesus, who was He that they should go with Him. This is truly blind faith. Would you have asked? Be honest. In today’s world, I probably would ask.
After reading this passage, I thought about my own experiences fishing in Clark Hill. A lake located between South Carolina and Georgia. First you must have the right bait. Then you need to know where the fish are located. And lastly, you must have patience to endure the time trying to convince the fish to take your bait. Oh, there are always the ones who take the bait quickly and then there is elusive ones you have to wait on.
These are the qualities Jesus needed when fishing for men. So, I guess you could say, He picked disciples who had previous training.
And that is what we must do today. We need to fish for men, by using the Gospel as our bait, pick the fertile locations of people, and have patience to see it through to the end.
When is your next fishing trip?
God Bless You!
God Bless America!