This is what my devotions were about,- being fishers of men. It was about when Jesus called His first disciples. They were on the Sea of Galilee, and Simon, and his brother Andrew, were casting nets, when Jesus told them to come follow Him, and He would make them fishers of men. They immediately left their nets and followed Jesus. Jesus went a little ways further, and saw John and James. They were preparing nets with their father, Zebedee, in a boat. Jesus called them, and they left their father with the hired men, and followed Jesus.
I love that they didn’t question Jesus, they just followed Him immediately. When Jesus chose His disciples, they were a varied group of people. Fishing was a profession that required faith to catch fish. It required hard work, dedication, and teamwork.
Peter took Jesus in his boat, so he could speak to a group of people on the shore. After speaking, Jesus tells Peter to put out into deep water. Jesus told him to let his nets down, and even though the fish weren’t there earlier in the night when Peter fished, because Jesus asked, Peter did let down his nets, and it required more than one boat to take in the haul. The boats were so full of fish, they almost sank! When Peter saw that miracle, he wanted Jesus to leave him because he was a sinful man. Jesus reassured Peter, and told him not to be afraid, he would now fish for men. (Luke 5)
Jesus doesn’t care that we’ve been sinners,when He calls us. He already knows that we are. In fact, He calls a lot of sinners to follow Him. (We are all sinners, and we lie if we say we have no sin.) He wants disciples who are willing to be taught by Him, willing to leave the familiar, for a lifelong adventure of fishing for men’s souls. He is calling each one of us out of the boat, will we follow?
It is hard to leave the things that are familiar, to step into the unknown. It is frightening at times. Where Jesus went, things weren’t the best, they were actually pretty bad. There was a bigger reason for the fishermen to follow Jesus than enjoying life and being happy. They would watch the miracles of Jesus giving sight to the blind, helping the lame to walk, watch Him casting out demons, giving deaf people the ability to hear, and seeing people raised from the dead. They would watch Him crucified, raised from the dead, and see Him before he rose up to Heaven.
Jesus was showing them the way to God, the way to eternal life, the way to live. Jesus has the answers we all need, He is everything we need, Friend, Savior, Shepherd, Physician, Helper, and Provider. If we follow Him, we will not be disappointed. Life might not be easy when we do, but it will be worth it. Keep the faith!