“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, ”
and I will make you fishers of men.”
The first message of Jesus as recorded in Mark’s Gospel is that,
“The time has come, the kingdom of God is near.
Repent and believe the good news!”
The kingdom of God to which He referred was becoming apparent in and through Him. So the response that was appropriate was clearly revealed in His call to Peter and this fellow fishermen.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said,
“and I will make you fishers of men.”
That message and call is still of major importance to us today and particularly in terms of the world in which we live and of which we are aware. People everywhere are running after different goals, seeking different solutions, longing for status and significance, and attempting to escape from reality in different ways. The so-called experts can tells us how to live, set goals and achieve goals – but they cannot promise that we will be happy, healthy and fulfilled when and if we get there. In the process the world is becoming a very lonely place.
Jesus, contrastingly, does not tell us to go anywhere or do anything. He invites and calls us to Himself. The first and most important step is to “Come” to Him. It is the most important subsequent one as well throughout the rest of our lives. Always and everywhere we are to come to Him. It is the step that the religious leaders of the time missed out on and were roundly criticized for it.
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think
that by them you possess eternal life.
These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
yet you refuse to come to me to have life”
Wherever, whoever and however we are the first step forward is to “Come” to the Lord. There is no other place to go. Peter said it well.
“”Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life”
Involve the Lord in every moment and focus of the day. Ask for His guidance and help.
Open our ears, glorious Lord Christ,
to hear the music of Your voice
above the chaos of the world;
open our eyes to see
the vision of Your glory,
for You are our King,
now and forever.