Posted by: missionventureministries | October 7, 2016

BECOMING FISHERS OF MEN – Mark 1:16-18

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And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. (Mark 1:16-18) 

Evangelism was of greatest importance to our Lord Jesus. He began and ended His ministry (Matthew 28:19-20) with a call to spread the Gospel. From the very beginning of His ministry, His plan was to use disciples to make disciples. He called his first disciples, who were fishermen, to become fishers of men (Mark 1:17). Instead of continuing to cast their nets into the sea, He told them to follow Him and become fishers of men.  

He gave them a new purpose for living with an eternal perspective because the difference between fishing for fish and fishing for men is profound. When you reel in fish, they are alive, and then they die. When you catch men, they are dead in sin, and when you begin to share with them, you see the miracle that takes place and they begin to have a new life in Christ. (Ephesians 2:1-6) 

Jesus wants us to be fishers of men also. The techniques for effective fishing are similar whether we are fishing for fish or for men. So let’s focus on how we can do that effectively.  

Have you ever gone fishing? Well even if you have not, Jesus is telling those who believe in Him to come and be His disciples (students) and go fishing with Him. He will help us by giving us knowledge, wisdom, love and the strength that we need to bring many people for Him. 

As we fish for men, we need to understand that they are spiritually dead and that “the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Since they are spiritually dead, they cannot see the light of the Gospel because “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4).  

Therefore, many ask, just like the disciples asked Jesus “who then can be saved?” And Jesus answered, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:24-26) 

Consequently fishers of men need to be patience, as well as being properly equipped. 

As we fish for spiritually dead men, we must be equipped with the Word of God, which is the seed that is needed to make them alive in Christ (1 Peter 1:23). By teaching people about Jesus we are helping lost people to get to know more about God and His love for all of us. Jesus said: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) 

The next thing we need to do is we have to go where the fish are so we can catch them. Just as fish live in water and won’t come to us, we must seek the lost because many love the darkness and the things the world has to offer. Others are content in living their way and will never seek the truth. This is why we need to take every opportunity God gives us to share with lost people the love of Jesus, who came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10) 

The only proper lure for catching lost people is the Lord Jesus. He said, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32) 

This means that we need to share the Gospel and tell the lost about Jesus as He is revealed in His Word, the Bible. Nothing can be caught until we do, because: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) 

If you have ever gone fishing you know that it takes patience and time. We should never give up because sometimes it is not the right time and fish just aren’t biting. We need however to trust God to draw the lost, because Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” (John 6:44) 

We need to wait on the Holy Spirit to use the Word of God to bring conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11), as Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) 

Are you starting to understand how we can be fishers of men? We can teach those that do not know about Jesus, so they also can believe in Him, accept Him as their Lord and Savior, love Him by obeying Him, and one day live with Him in eternity.  

The only way anyone can get to heaven is through Jesus, there is no other way. 

Remember, a good fisher of men needs to have patience since not everyone we tell about Jesus is going to believe. Some people just won’t be interested, but we can’t give up. We just have to keep teaching people about Jesus and let Jesus take care of the rest.  

If we do what Jesus teaches us, we can really become fishers of men like Jesus wants us to be. If you have ever caught a fish you know how exciting it is. Can you imagine how exciting it must be to have someone understand what Jesus did for all of us and have them be part of His family forever! It is absolutely awesome.  

Let us all be fishers of men for Jesus remembering that: “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

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