Mark 1:17-18 - “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.
At the beginning of His ministry Jesus was gathering His disciples. This was before all the teaching and the miracles; before He had made a reputation for Himself. He was an unknown.
With that in mind, put yourself in the place of these men. They are fishing. That’s what they do; that’s all they know. Their father had fished for a living and they had been raised to do the same.
Fishing was their job, it was their livelihood. If they thought about their future I’m sure they ‘knew’ that fishing would be a big part of it.
Up until now, this day had been like any other, they got up early and went out in their boats fishing. Then comes this man, Jesus. There was something different about Him, but they could not put their finger on it.
Without saying anything Jesus got their attention. Their eyes met with His and He spoke these words, “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Without hesitation or any questions asked they left all they knew to follow Him. They made a choice that day that changed the course of their entire lives.
Now, many years later Jesus has built a reputation for Himself. We have read His stories and seen by faith all that He has done. As believers our lives reflect the change He made in our hearts. Yet, when Jesus gives us a command we are reluctant to follow. We make excuses why we can’t do what He said or go where He told us to go.
As His disciples in this current day and age we must learn to trust and obey. If God has called you to do something or go somewhere, have faith that He will guide you and take care of you.