(3) “FISHERS OF MEN.” The final three words of Matthew 4:19 indicate a response of action… something that affects what we live for and what we do.
A disciple of Jesus is saved for a purpose. A disciple of Jesus is about being on mission. Inspired by who Jesus is an what He has done, disciples are absolutely compelled to love people and tell them what they’ve found in Jesus. It’s not something that “radical Christ followers” do. It’s what every disciple should do.
“He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:15
Our mission is not to live comfortably, go to church every Sunday, to be nice to people, or to know a lot about the Bible. All of those things are good, but the real mission is for every disciple to JOIN in God’s mission. We can’t just be spiritual consumers; a true disciple of Jesus is a spiritual contributor.
There is NO greater gift or act of love than to share the hope we’ve found in Jesus Christ. Do we really believe? Do we really love? If we do, then there should be more urgency in our hearts and in our churches to share the greatest news the world has ever received.
Being a “Fisher of men” is a commissioning and a call to action. Do we love people enough to act? We all have God-given abilities that can be used for His glory and to point the world to Him. Are we using them for the Kingdom?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-20