And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." (Mark 1:17 NRSV)
Jesus said to them, "I will make you fishers of men." They knew all about fishing for fish, but Jesus was calling them to something far more significant. He was calling them to introduce men and women to this kingdom of love, this kingdom of power, this kingdom of heaven on earth. They would not be passive spectators of this coming Kingdom but active participants. And they would make a difference, a lasting difference in their world and in individual lives. No wonder they were excited. They were going to help change the world.
A fishing enthusiast was relaxing by a lake when he was approached by a nosy local. After a moment's thought, the local asked, "Hey there! You fishing?"
The angler gave him a sideways glance and replied, "Nope."
"Then what are you doin' with the fishing pole?" asked the local.
"Oh, I just like to drown worms."
Are we just drowning worms or are we excited about changing our world for God's glory?
Lord Jesus, help me to be a true fisher of men and women. Amen.
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