“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ ” Mark 1:17
What’s a Christian? “A Christian is a follower of Christ,” is the answer you will hear many people give. Ok, what does a follower of Christ do? Here you’ll get any number of answers from obeying his teachings to living as Christ lived. You’ll even get the point that I’m going to try and make in the next few paragraphs which is, “A disciple of Christ is someone that finds and brings other people to Jesus so that they too can become his disciples.”
It’s right there in the call to those first disciples. “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” I remember singing this verse as a song when a I was a child, “I will make you fishers of men if you’ll only follow me.”
There’s three parts to this verse. The first is “follow me.” Everything that comes after is predicated on these two words. You and I can never become what Jesus has called us to be if we don’t choose to follow him. The choice is ours to make but if we think choose to want the end that God wants for us it all begins with the choice to follow.
After that comes the phrase, “I will make you.” Notice we don’t do the making. To often we say the words, “I’ll follow,” and still insist on doing our own thing. We need to stop doing our own thing. We’re clueless as to what needs to be done, as to what we need to be. We can’t make ourselves into fishers of men. We need to let Jesus make us into what he wants us to be.
The third phrase tells us one result of the changes Christ will make in us. We’ll become “fishers of men.” Everyone who follows Christ, regardless of the differences in how they work, will still be a fisher of men. For many of us we get hung up somewhere at the beginning of our journey with Christ. We give our lives to him. His influence even changes the way we live our personal lives but we fail to grow and mature into followers that join with Jesus in calling for others to join us.
Friends we can’t truly be Christ’s follower if we don’t let him make us into fishers of men. Day by day we need to submit to his leading. Making us each day more and more like him until one day we’re truly his hands, his feet and his voice.