We learn in the gospels that when Peter, Andrew, James and John encountered Jesus, while out fishing, they immediately dropped what they were doing and followed him.
What was so compelling about Jesus that caused grown men to make a radical change in their plans?
What avid fisherman do you know that would readily and enthusiastically drop his fishing pole for anything other than to bait his hook in preparation for another cast?
What motivated these men to stop what they were doing and follow Jesus?
We find a hint in John 1:14 where the scriptures reveal Jesus was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.
Can you imagine meeting such a person? Someone so full of love and faithfulness that such words were the only way you could think of describing them? Jesus was that kind of guy.
How did Jesus say people would know we are his disciples? Is it any surprise that his trademark would be the key to success? Simply put, it is by our love for one another. (John 13:35)
Jesus said I will show you how to fish for people. I will teach you how to be fishers of men. In essence, Jesus was saying, I will show you how to love.
Love is irresistible. No wonder the apostles dropped what they were doing and followed Jesus. His love compelled their heats to change. His love compelled them to love God, love others as they loved themselves.
It is interesting that Jesus compared his ministry to fishing. Anyone who has ever learned to fish knows the best way to learn is from a master fisherman.
It looks easy but only because the master understands fish, he knows how to gain their attention. What he offers is irresistible and draws them in.
We would do well to stop what we are doing. Our strategies, techniques and gimmicks pale in comparison to what Jesus has to offer. We need to simply follow Jesus and let him teach us how to fish.
Like a lot of novice fishermen, we tend to over complicate it. Jesus was full of love and faithfulness. People found him to be utterly irresistible. What a guy!
May others find us in pursuit of him and in so doing experience the love and faithfulness that comes when only on a fishing trip with Jesus.
Needless to say, I’m hooked. How about you? See yah, I’m gone fish’n!