Have you ever looked out over a lake and thought what it must have been like to have Jesus come to where you were docked, and say, “ I will make you fishers of men.” He was an adventurer who was willing to share the risks of the lifestyles and workloads of his disciples. It must have been more common to use a boat for transportation than we might imagine. It appears that when he was physically tired, he retreated to the ships and cast off from the ever-present crowds for escape. Tired enough to sleep through a storm that scared everyone into believing they were going to die.
Did he go to the water’s edge looking for disciples, watching for the men who displayed tenacity and faith; or did he stumble upon them just teaching curious men, and recognized in their personality a flair for engaging family and friends in every exciting new thing in their lives Were their hearts already prepared, since the social and political environment of their time had men looking to God for a savoir of some sort. Did they expect such a King to come to them as they worked by the sea? Were these successful men whose boats were decked with beautiful white sails? Did they have vendors waiting by the shores to buy their harvests? Was Jesus drawn to them because they looked successful?
You are probably screaming at me in your head. He was Jesus, he already knew everything about them. Ah well, duh…but why these particular men? Were they so burned out on their present occupation that they just laid everything down and followed him? Why did they just leave the life they obviously put enough into to own a boat?
Have you ever seen where they are unearthing the antiquities and only in recent years understand the capacity of the rulers of Jesus’ day to build the most modern cities of the world, until that time. Jesus didn’t live in a dumpy world of uneducated, struggling, poverty stricken populace. Yes those people reached out to him. But his world was one of fashionable cities, full of vigor, architecture, lovely landscapes and gardens, massive homes on hills surrounding a beautiful little sea. Imagine Jesus showing up on the dock in Alaska and asking one of the skippers of “DEADLIEST CATCH” to drop everything and follow him. Seriously??? But these were the sort of men He asked. Except for the freezing cold temps, it was just like that.
Was there already a burning desire to do God’s will in the hearts of these men? If we read the stories of the disciples on the dock when Jesus called them to follow him, the questions they asked among themselves indicated they were seeking someone who could do miracles. They believed that the man who would come to lead them would show them things they never saw before. They only knew the half of it, for after his death and resurrection he spent many days teaching them how he fulfilled the prophetic scriptures as the Messiah, and what he yet had to do to continue to fulfill the prophecies. But it didn’t require that they know everything about him to follow Him. And that was what He wants us to know. If your heart is seeking… If he is standing at your dock saying “follow me,”… and your heart has been burning to have God in your life, do you respond, “I think I need to wait ‘til I know everything about you?” They recognized him! On that day their hearts were open, and they were full of expectancy that God was about to do something with their lives.
We recognize him too. We know when He has called us to follow Him. God is willing that you are first at a place to want a Savoir before he asks you to follow him. And Jesus comes to you where you are. He knows you have skills that will be useful to His glory. And he only promises that if we follow him, our yield will be the hearts of men. The first thing these men knew of him was his poetic, curious way of giving us information. ” Follow me,” He said, and I will make you fishers of men.” He was saying I can use you, just as you are. Out of thousands, Jesus picked only 12. And He set them on a mission to win the world.
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
Just a note: Every time you go fishing, you don’t always catch fish. But, you seldom don’t get at least a nibble. LOL
Lord, all I intend to do is just a little fishing. Use me, to say or do something that will help someone recognize you, to know you are the one they have been looking for. AMEN