Monday : 14th January, 2019
Reference text: Mark 1:14-20
Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
While in high school, a number of students came together to establish a company in the Barclays Junior Achievement programme under the name ‘B-cubed’. The slogan for this company was ‘Believe, Begin, Become’. This was chosen because then, we saw the decision to ‘believe’ as the start and ‘becoming’, the end. So the revelation which I share with you today, got me thinking a great deal.
Very often, if not always, the word ‘BECOME’ is associated with an end when used in sentences like: ‘she became a doctor’ or ‘I intend to become a lecturer’. However, all the dictionaries I checked, had in their list of definitions one that was rather unique: “To become is ‘to start to be'”. Therefore,
that single definition punches a big hole in our logic which is so prejudicial and generalised that ‘to become’ is solely associated with an end.
Instead, ‘to become’ needs to be seen as a starting point and not an end. Take a moment to wrap your mind around this.
So when Jesus tells the brothers he met: ‘follow me and I will make you become fishers of men’, He made no reference to turning them into finished goods. Rather, he was starting a journey with them, one that continued even in His absence. In fact, they began acting like real fishers of men after the resurrection.
Sweetheart, maybe because you became, you think you have finished. But my dear, it is time to think again because you have only started to be. So don’t get too comfortable where you stand because you have somewhere else to be.