And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. – Matthew 4:18
Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. – Mark 1:16
Everything seemed normal that day. Simon “called Peter” and his brother Andrew were doing exactly what fishers do. They were casting their nets into the sea of Galilee as they had done for some time. Fishing was their livelihood. Everything seemed to be going normally on that particular day.
It all seemed like a regular day of routine fishing up until Jesus showed up.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
Jesus came onto the scene and disrupted their entire expectation for the day. The Messiah emerged and offered a whole new opportunity for both of these men. He found them doing what they did on a regular basis and shared a totally unconventional concept of the future for them. He offered to make them fishers of men.
Jesus offers us an example to follow if we intend to enlist others in ministry and service for the Lord. We cannot simply tell others to show up and expect people to absorb what is going on around them like sponges. People do not develop into servants of the Lord by osmosis. It just doesn’t happen that way. We have to have something to offer and share our intentions with them as we enlist them. What we have to offer should encourage others.
At once they left their nets and followed him. – Matthew 4:20 (NIV)
Obviously, these brothers were encouraged by Jesus. They decided to leave what they had and link up with the Lord. They did not hold onto their past or present. They made an on-the-spot decision to go with the Son of God. He found some fishermen, but He focused making them into fishers of men.