Mk.1:16,17 – As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
The calling of Peter gives us the taste of the ministry of Jesus. Jesus didn’t go to the temple or to the places of learning to gather His disciples, He went to a fisherman’s village called Bethsaida (House of Fish) and picked a fisherman to lead His band of followers. He found Peter doing what Peter did best, fishing. Actually Peter’s fishing business was in a slump (sound familiar). Jesus borrowed the boat to preach from then filled the boat with fish, I guess a payment for using the boat. In the excitement of ripping nets and sinking boats as well as a record breaking catch of fish, Peter came to some strong conclusions. Jesus must be the Messiah and Peter was a sinner in need of forgiveness. That’s how it all started, a fishing village and a fisherman who was willing to lay down his life and follow Jesus. Here is how Barclay describes this scene.
“Jesus did not say to them, ‘I have a theological system which I would like you to investigate; I have certain theories that I would like you to think over; I have an ethical system I would like to discuss with you.’ He said, ‘Follow me!’ It all began with a personal reaction to himself; it all began with that tug on the heart which begets the unshakable loyalty. This is not to say that there are none who think themselves into Christianity; but for most of us following Christ is like falling in love. It has been said that ‘we admire people for reasons, we love them without reasons’. The thing happens just because they are they and we are we. ‘And I,’ said Jesus, ‘when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself’ (John 12:32). In by far the greatest number of cases, people follow Jesus Christ not because of anything that Jesus said but because of everything that Jesus is.”
Are you a follower of Jesus? If the answer is yes then what would you say is the reason?
Why do you follow Jesus? I guess, for me, the only reason would be that His love is different from anyone or anything else. That’s what captured the fisherman called Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee that day. That’s what captured this fisherman on the shore of Lake Ponchartrain. Maybe Jesus is coming by your town today, He is not looking for talent or wealth, He is looking for your heart.