by Robert Walker

Jesus Calls: Follow Me
Robert Walker
Mark 1:16-20

Jesus is beginning his public ministry, and he came into Galilee and passing along by the Sea of Galilee he called these fishermen to become fisher of men. Mark wants us to see the mighty gospel touches every kind of man in every type of situation different people in different places.

Notice the technique Jesus used. The text says, ''He saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ''Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.'' And immediately they left their nets and followed him.''

Can you feel the urgency, the immediacy, the conviction, of these men? When Jesus called these fishermen the story could have had a vastly different course.

They could have scratched their heads and discussed the pros and cons with each other, their families and neighbors.

''They could have told Jesus, well let us think about it for awhile, maybe something even better will come along.

But when Jesus called these fishermen there was none of the above, they didn't question his call, they didn't think about it, they didn't consult their families, they didn't see if anything better would come along, they followed him.

When Jesus calls us, when he encounters us, he does so with a sense of urgency, with a sense of immediacy, with a sense of conviction, with a sense of commitment, with a sense that we will turn our entire lives over to him.
Then notice what he said, ''Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.''


One Sunday evening, William Booth was walking in London with his son, Bramwell, who was then 12 or 13 years old. The father surprised the son by taking him to a tavern! The place was crowded with men and women.

Some of them were drunk. Some of them were loud. And the air was filled with the smell of alcohol and tobacco.

And Bramwell said to his dad, ''Can we go now? Why did you even bring me in here ...

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