Fishers Of Men

“Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17

Personal attachment to Jesus is the very beginning of all Christian life. Believing a creed does not make one a Christian. We may believe every word we find in the Bible about Christ, and every word of His that we have in the gospels, and yet not be His disciples. A Christian is one who has joined Christ’s team in this world and attached himself to Christ as a personal follower. All the invitations Jesus gave implied this. He said, “Come unto me;” “Believe on me;” “Follow me.” He always wanted men to come out from the world and personally identify themselves with Him. Then after they have joined themselves to Him, and He has put His own Spirit into them, He begins to use them. He cannot use them in the saving of souls until they really belong to Him.

We cannot become “fishers of men” just as we become carpenters, or merchants, or physicians. It is not one of the trades or professions to be taken up and learned as trades and professions are. Colleges and theological seminaries cannot make men “fishers of men.” They may teach them how to think, how to write, how to speak; they can furnish them with knowledge of many kinds, they can teach them systems of theology, and make them exegetes, logicians, rhetoricians, or orators. But these things do not make men “fishers of men.” These acquirements may be helpful to them in their spiritual work if they are consecrated to Christ. But the point to be remembered is, that Christ alone can make any one truly a “fisher of men.”

Teachers in the Sabbath school should remember this. With all that they can learn in normal classes about how to teach, and all they can get in teachers’ meetings or form lesson helps regarding the lesson, they need yet to go to Christ to learn to win the souls of their scholars.