January 29, 2015

What is a Disciple? “Fishers of Men”

Luke 5:1-11, Ephesians 3:20-21

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus made the impossible possible. He turned water into wine (John 2:1-11), opened the eyes of the blind (Matthew 20:30-34), and fed the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21). Even though his disciples witnessed these miracles time after time, they often questioned how such miracles would be accomplished. It is as if they had short-term memory loss! In Luke 5, Jesus used one of these moments to teach his disciples. He used a fishing illustration, something most of the disciples were well versed in, to call them to something deeper. “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men” (Luke 5:10 ESV).

The fact is, that every one of us must take to the business of a mancatcher. If Christ has caught us, we
must catch others. If we have been apprehended of him, we must be his constables, to apprehend rebels 
for him. Let us ask him to give us grace to go a-fishing, and so to cast our nets that we may take a great multitude of fishes. Oh that the Holy Ghost may raise up from among us some master-fishers, who shall
sail their boats in many a sea, and surround great shoals of fish! (Charles Spurgeon, A Sermon, No.