When Jesus called Simon (Peter) and Andrew to be his disciples he made a promise to them: "I will make you fishers of men." The two guys were fishermen, and this promise was apparently intriguing to them because they then followed after Jesus. History teaches us that Peter was really the one to begin evangelizing and building the early church. The concept of fishing is interesting because it entails capturing a creature by various means (a net, bait, etc.). We don't exactly know how literal Jesus was trying to be, but it seems to me that He was indicating that these men would be focusing on enlarging the body of believers (a concept that is found in all of the Gospels and the book of Acts). Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what you're doing to enlarge the body of believers? I find it hard to reach out sometimes because, as a pastor, I'm constantly surrounded by Christians. The reality, however, is that I have opportunities in front of me every day from the neighbors next door to the people at the bank. What am I doing to be a "fisher of men"? Sometimes I need the reminder that I have to be intentional about sharing the hope I have in Christ with others.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.