People go fishing for lots of reasons. Some people go fishing just because it’s a chance to get away and relax. Those are the people that say, “The worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work.” Others go fishing for sport, to compete for the prize and catch the big one. Others actually go fishing to make a living. The two brothers in our story are of the latter.
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18–20)
What was it about Jesus that drew these men to Him? You could make the point that they hardly knew Him. Yet He called and they answered. They even answered the call with such finality that they left their old nets in order to follow Him. And Jesus did what He promised. He made Peter and Andrew the finest “fishers of men”. It wouldn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of time to unlearn those bad fishing techniques and learn the way of the Master. But fishers of men they would be. And it all started with their response to the call, “Follow Me”. I may not know what is up ahead for you this year. You may feel that you don’t know that much about Jesus. You may be wondering what is going to happen with your life. Jesus extends His hand and says, “Follow Me”. Will you?