Fishers of Men

Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Matthew 4:19

Among the disciples of Jesus were two sets of brothers whose profession was fishing. Simon and Andrew, sons of Jonah, and James and John, sons of Zebedee, worked fishing in the Sea of Galilee. When the Lord called them to follow Him, He promised to make them fishers of men. I’ve heard that, just as He calls us to be fishers of men, drawing them to Him with patience fisherman waits until the fish takes the bait.

In a sense, we can say that the call was not to be hunters of men but were fishermen, given that fishing could be more appropriate than hunting for comparison with the method God uses to bring us to His truth. Now, I think the Lord has not only called to fishermen but each of those men and women who keep their hearts open to answer, regardless of profession.

I imagine the Lord approaching me while I’m working in a laboratory. And then He calls me and says: Follow me and I will make you chemist of men. And the Lord continue saying: I’ll teach you to combine the verses of Scripture so that you get the right reaction of those who hear the word I put in your mouth. I will put my Spirit within you, to serve as a filter and can discern the spirits because I will use your experience to expand My Kingdom.

Certainly Bible talks about men and women whose previous experiences to his or her call were used by God for His glory. David, for example, defeated Goliath using his previous experience as a shepherd and the Almighty was glorified greatly. For Paul, it helped much having been a student of Gamaliel when he answered the call to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. No doubt that the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus was a true master of the Word.

Each of the talents we have is a gift from God, which should be very useful in the work of the Kingdom. In Matthew 9:37 we read: Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Many workers are needed to perform the work going on nations to make disciples. Many workers are needed to proclaim the good news of salvation to the lost. Many workers are needed to heal the sick and cast out demons.

If at this time you read or hear this message are with a tingling in your belly because you feel that the Lord is calling you to serve in His kingdom, do not think that you lack the tools to do what God has called you to do. It is not necessary to have four doctorates in theology for be used by your Heavenly Father. God calls not always trained; but what He does is always train those called. If you already have experience in any area of life, God will use it, of course. But that will not restrict to answer the call. If you don’t know how to fish, He will teach you to be a fisher of men. God bless you.

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