In Matthew 4:18-20 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”20 At once they left their nets and followed Him.
After the start of His public ministry, Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords set out to find His disciples.
Disciples are those who are willing to learn, then go out and teach others what Jesus has taught them in His Word. Those who are willing to sacrifice everything to follow Christ.
One true fact about a king is that a King not only has people that follow Him, but also serves Him. All kings have their servants, and Christ is no exception.
Are you will to serve Christ through your service to others?
This is what Jesus is calling us to do for He declares in Matthew 25:35-40 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
The command from Jesus to all that believe is “follow me”.
You might remember when Jesus called Peter and Andrew, James and John by saying “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
When we have made up our minds to follow Christ, we can now begin to embrace the purpose for which we were created.
What were we created for? Let's listen to Ephesians 2:10- For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Follow me! What does it mean to follow? It sure does not mean to lead. What it does mean is to come along behind. Come along behind the Word of God as you go out and teach and preach.
Do not put yourself in front, but through the leading of God's Holy Spirit, allow His Word to lead the way then we follow it as the Holy Spirit leads and guides us in our teaching of others.
When Jesus called these fisherman to follow Him, it was a call that changed their lives forever!
Jesus took these men, Galilean fishermen and He transformed them into some of the greatest "fishers of men" the world has ever seen.
Called to be a fisher of men! Are you ready?
Fishers of men are patient, persistent and they don't give up easily. They know that catching fish can sometimes be an all day task, there is no quick results and then there is no guarantee of a catch. But, they are willing to to anyway.
There is an old familiar hymn that goes sort of like this:I can hear my Savor calling, "take thy cross and follow me." Where He leads me I will follow. I will go with Him all the way.
Many are still singing this song today, but only in words and not in action!
People around the world are "willfully" refusing to follow Christ. Many who have once followed Him have left the faith and left God's work undone. They are stalled out somewhere in the midst of life’s stormy sea called the world and they are finding it very hard to come back to God in faith.
Saints, we have work to do! God has called us to be His followers. God did not save us to fill the pews on Sunday, but as His followers, He saved us to work.
We are to go forth behind the Word of God and fill the hearts of men, women, boys and girls with God's Word through teaching and preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God is calling us to go to the nations, our neighborhoods, communities, market places, byways and highways. Go in our grocery stores, shopping malls, street corners, families, work environments, hospitals, nursing homes and tell dying men and women that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.
God commands us to follow Him and we must go!
Nothing will happen until we go! Jesus promises us that if we go, He will be with us always.
Jesus Himself declares in John 9:4 - I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. If Jesus has work to do and He is the son of God, where does that leave us? We have work to do too if we claim to be His "disciples".
Jesus is looking for followers and He is calling them out!
Has Jesus called you out from among the crowd? Have you heard the voice of the Lord calling you to the mission field? Indeed the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
If you are saved, I am sure He has and is still calling you to be a "fisher of men".. It is time to get moving! Trouble is in the land, people are hurting everywhere and they need to know that Jesus loves and cares for them. Are you willing to follow Jesus?
After an encounter with Jesus, the women at the well dropped her water pot and ran into the city and told the men "come see a man who told me everything I did. She went back to her city and told the men of the city of one who knows all about us and is willing to save us.
As a follower of Christ, we do not set out with our own Gospel of prosperity, name it and claim it, haul it and call it, but we as believers set out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for there is no other Gospel.
Jesus says "follow me"! Are you willing to follow Jesus on today? He is looking for followers who are willing to follow Him as He lead.
Called to be a fisher of men? I pray on today that you answer the call to follow where Christ leads you.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for even considering us to be worthy to be called one of His followers.
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