Reflections From The Bible And Life

Fishers Of Men

Jesus wants us to be fishers of men, if we want to follow Him. How do we become fishers of men? We become so by being disciple makers, by spreading the Word to people who may not know Him. 

Discipleship is all about relationship and friendship. Jesus is the master disciple maker. We can learn by looking at how Jesus did it. In Luke 19:1-10,  Jesus befriended a chief tax collector, Zacchaeus. He reached out to people who didn’t know God but were seeking for one.

A tax collector during those times, were thought of a traitors and despised by the Jews, for they collected taxes for the Romans for the Romans’ benefits, plus they were known for collecting double, of which they kept the other half for themselves. Zacchaeus was the chief of these collectors, and was even more despised by the Jews. 

Although Zacchaeus was rich, he knew deep inside that what he was doing was wrong and he felt so small. Physically as well, he was small, and that’s why he had to climb on a Sycamore tree just to see Jesus. He was curious and wanted to see who Jesus was. 

When Jesus saw how Zaccheus was spiritually searching for something good, He asked Zaccheus if he could have dinner at his house. Jesus made Zaccheus feel important and loved, which shocked the Jews. He showed everyone that He didn’t care what others would think, for His gesture was good, and His intentions were pure.  He went against the sentiments of the Jews, and this made Zacchaeus feel special. Plus Jesus was considered a rabbi, a wise Jew respected by all. Jesus bonded with Zaccheus by having dinner together with him. By befriending Zaccheus, He was able to get his full undivided attention and draw him towards discipleship.

Another example of how Jesus led discipleship is the story of Jesus and a Samaritan woman. They met at noon by the well, when the woman was fetching water. She fetched water at noon because that was the only time no one would be fetching water, and she would be alone. She did this out of shame.

Samaritans are mixed breeds, and not pure Jews or any race. They are products of interracial relationships, between non-Jews and Jews, and were considered impure. Jews looked down on Samaritans, and they didn’t dare share anything with them.

This particular woman felt ashamed and that’s why she preferred to fetch water at noon. In addition to this, women were not of value during those times, and amounted to nothing more than just pleasure givers. Despite that, Jesus asked the woman if she could fetch him some water. This gesture alone showed that Jesus loved even the Samaritans. He was willing to share a cup with her. Jesus showed the woman that she is important and is of value. The mere fact that He talked to the woman meant that she was no different from the others who she thought were important people, or people who are highly respected. 

 

Jesus was a rabbi, and yet He took time to speak to her. That in itself proved something to her. Jesus shared something with her, and that showed her that she shouldn’t be ashamed of anything. Because of this He was able to draw discipleship out of the woman.

 

From the example of Jesus, we may conclude that discipleship is all about establishing rapport with the person and being able to connect with the person, before you could introduce the Word of God to Him. We can’t just preach outright and not show any love to them. 

 

We can also see that Jesus reached out to the unchurched, and not to people who were already seeking Him, and so did all the apostles. This is how Christianity spread.

Are we up to our calling of being fishers of men? It’s easy, Just be like Jesus!

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