Mark 1:16-20 Fishers Of Men.
In calling Simon and Andrew, Jesus keyed in on their work as fisherman (v. 16). It is interesting that Jesus saw some parallel between their work as fisherman, and the task of preaching the gospel. David, a shepherd, was called to shepherd the people of God with integrity of heart, and guided them with skillful hands (Ps. 78:72). Similarly, there was something about their work as fisherman that was fitting for these men in the work ahead. Fishing takes some planning. Unless one lives in a fish bowl (a perennial problem for pastors and their families), one has to give some thought as to where one will go to catch the fish. Also, depending on the weather conditions, the environment will dictate one’s approach. Likewise, one’s approach will be guided by the kind of fish in any given location. Above all, a fisherman must be patient and persistent. However, if no fish are being caught, one does not continue to do the same things in the same place.
These fisherman were not tourists or recreational, these men were fishers for a living, and it is that overall perspective which would guide them in their new work ahead. Of course, the primary prerequisite was in being trained by the Great Fisherman himself (v. 17). There must have been an accompanying work of God the Holy Spirit along with Jesus effectual words, because these men “immediately left their nets and followed Him” (v. 18). You can only imagine that they said, something like, ‘You can have my nets boys, I got other work to do.’ Similarly, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were also in the boat mending their nets, and they likewise left everything with their father and his employees and responded immediately to Jesus’ call (vv. 19-20). “This first appointed ministry of the emerging church has as its primary goal seeking the lost. This emphasis on evangelism was not lost on the apostle Paul, who said, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel” (I Cor. 9:16).