What It Really Means to Be a Fisher of Men?
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-20)
I’ll never forget the time Deb and I decided to take our family deep-sea fishing off the coast of Florida. The kids and I were having a great time, but I noticed Deb had disappeared. So I went down into the bottom of the boat and saw her sitting there. Her face was green and her eyes were closed.
“Honey,” I said, “What are you doing down here?”
“I’m praying,” she told me, “and I’m promising God that if He’ll get me to shore alive, I’ll never set foot on a boat again!”
Well, Deb kept that promise. I’ve offered to take her on cruises of all kinds, but she won’t set foot on a boat. And while not all of us are cut out for deep-sea fishing, each of us in Christ has everything we need to be fishers of men.
A fisher of men is someone who looks at the lost people around him or her and sees future disciples of Jesus Christ. Fishermen have a vision for bringing people to faith, and never give up hope because someone is “too far gone.”
So instead of just being a passenger in the boat, get busy fishing and bring the lost to Christ!
Be a fisher of men by seeing the lost as future disciples and realizing no one is too far gone to be saved!