DAY 10 OF 365 IN 2021
Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Big fish, small fish or shell fish? None of that really matters because whenever fishermen go out to sea, they are expected to come back with fish. The kinds of fish caught rarely make any difference, unless a specific type was being sought. We see Peter and his brother Andrew abandon their nets to follow Jesus and if not careful, we might be tempted to think they shed had their responsibility as fishermen.
But to get men to drop everything they have to come with you, Jesus should have said something special. However, all we see were the words: “follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. In effect, he told them ‘you may have believed that what your nets can only catch fish, but follow me and I will show you that it is capable of catching even men’.
The truth is many of us don’t know what we carry! We have no idea what we possess and so we go through life thinking that we are only capable of catching fish. It takes the arrival and words of another to bring us to the realisation that we are capable of more. It takes a people-builder to acknowledge what our potential is and lead us into them.
Beloved, it is also worth noting that Jesus came with an imperative: “follow me!” That is important for our discourse today because it is only after diligently following Him that Peter and Andrew truly became fishers of men.