Matt.4:16-18 – And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
This was the moment of moments in Peter’s life. What had been just another day fishing on the Sea of Galilee turned into something quite different. An entire night of frustration, fishing without catching one fish, turned into something else. A boat sinking, net ripping catch of fish changed this fisherman’s life. Peter never dreamed in a million lifetimes that he would be a traveling preacher, being called out by Jesus has a way of changing things. Follow me and I will make you a fisher of men. Like David the shepherd, Peter the fisherman had been called to lead God’s people. Peter’s life could never be the same after that day on the beach with Jesus. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this calling.
“That they were fishers. Being fishers, they were poor men: if they had had estates, or any considerable stock in trade, they would not have made fishing their trade, however, they might have made it their recreation. Christ does not despise the poor, and therefore we must not; the poor are evangelized, and the Fountain of honor sometimes gives more abundant honor to that part which most lacked. The were unlearned men, not bred up to books or literature as Moses was, who was conversant with all the learning of the Egyptians. Christ sometimes chooses to endow those with the gifts of grace who have least to show of the gifts of nature. They were men of business, who had been bred up to labour. Note, Diligence in an honest calling is pleasing to Christ, and no hindrance to a holy life.”
Recently the Lord woke me up from my sleep and called me by a new name; He called me Fisherman. He called me to launch out into the deep and let my nets down for a catch. That is what He had said to Peter. He is calling us to a different kind of fishing, fishing with the Lord as our partner. His power and wisdom make fishing quite different; instead of fishing for hours without catching a fish, He brings in unprecedented supernatural harvest just by following His Word.