And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
The natural outcome of following Jesus is that these disciples would become fishers of men. They would see how Jesus brought people to the Father and they would learn to do the same. The Master trained men this way. He turned fish into fishermen, sheep into shepherds, and people into priests.
How can a person be a follower of Jesus Christ and not give his life to impacting other people for the Kingdom of God? It is impossible! If a person has dedicated his or her life to becoming like Jesus they will be swept into the currents of compassion for the weak and the lost. Jesus was compelled to reveal the Father to the people. He modeled not only His feelings but His actions to save them. How is it that in modern American Christianity this privilege of loving people into the Kingdom has been relegated to the professional? It is a sign that people really are not following Jesus. He never intended His true disciples to sit idle enjoying His lavish love while watching the rest of humanity to slip into Hell. Are we the ones who call ourselves “followers of Christ?” The proof is not in our morality, it’s in our ministry. FJ47
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