Calling of Jesus’ Disciples
17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18)
The two verses above are about the calling of Andrew and Peter. These verses are followed with the calling of James and John.
Jesus’ practice contrasts sharply with that of other rabbis who were chosen by those who wanted to follow their teaching. Jesus, however, chose those whom He wished to follow Him. (TLSB) Jesus makes this clear in John 15:16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
When Jesus says, “I will make you,” it means “I will cause you to become.” The initiative for the action comes from the outside. It is all God’s work with nothing needed from us. I find this very comforting because if it were up to me, I probably would have messed it up.
They complied immediately. What caused that? They had heard the Gospel of God. They knew the opportune time had come.
While we are not apostles, we too, have been called to be his disciples to share the saving news of Jesus’ salvation work. It isn’t always easy. These disciples were surrounded by unbelievers, and we too, live in an anti-God society. But, God has done it all for us and continues to be with us in every situation.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for calling me into your work of reconciliation. Help me to not shy away from your calling or even delay following your directives. Thank you for being my strength in all the situations into which you place me. Amen