Mark Has Some Good News, Part 3, You've Got Your Line On Backwards
Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. Mark 1:16-20 (ESV)
Have you ever been fishing with your dad? You put one fish in the basket for every 20 he lets go. You start to wonder what you’re doing wrong. I mean in the face of success and skill and talent, it can sure make you wonder if what you’re doing is even worth the effort. But with time and patience and a loving fathers guidance. You go from a fisher to a catcher. You go from going fishing to going catching.
And here we read of something similar. In His divine will the Father empowers his Son who has become a man to do his ministry of teaching and healing, ending with his saving death.
And along the way he has some children to instruct.
You see they had spent their lives doing what they thought was most important. Every day mending nets and catching fish. But God saw potential. Jesus would bring out that potential and take humble fishermen and turn them into the pillars of a faith that still stand over 2000 years later.
God could see that for all intents and purposes they had their lines on backwards. There's nothing wrong with a fishing line that's not catching in and of itself. But when you know what that line could be doing or rather the fisherman casting it, well it basically begs for a change.
What Mark shows us here is that Jesus will change your life. He doesn't give us the dialog that took them for "Hey Jesus check out this fish" to "where to now Jesus, we know you're God, we will follow you." All these men with the exception of john would die painful deaths. Their leader Peter, choose to be crucified upside down instead of denying Christ. That's a change from punching a sundial every day catching fish.
So where is Jesus going to change your life? Where are you going to go for Jesus that you've stayed away from before? What do you hold that belongs at his feet?
These men had little, aspired for little, and amounted to little. Until they met Jesus and everything they had changed.
Will you change today?
Because you’ve met Jesus?