Fishers Of Men

December 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

It is amazing to me how the Savior takes the weak things of the world and makes them amazing instruments in His hands. We see this when he called his twelve disciples. They were fishermen, by all means these were the weaker things of the world. Yet with these weaker things of the world he called them and they were special witnesses, that he was the Son of God, the promised Messiah.

What is interesting is how he called his disciples. These were hand-picked by the Savior himself. He said to them “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men”(Mark 1:17). He didn’t say “Follow me and you will instantly be perfect fishers of men”.  He said he would help them reach their full potential that they would become the fishers of men.

As a result “straightway they  forsook their nets,and followed him”(Mark 1:18).They didn’t procrastinate and say just a minute, let me finish what I’m doing. They immediately left what they were doing and followed Christ. He then started to mold them to become the fishers of men.

Previous to being called, they were fishermen. Their livelihoods depended on them catching fish. They caught the fish and the end result was death for the fish. What a change. They now “caught” men and the end result was life eternal(James E. Talmage).Notice they were charge to catch men. Not to judge or condemn them. They were commanded to catch them, the Savior does the cleaning.

Today I am charged with the same responsibility. I am to “catch” men for the Savior. I catch them, lead them to the Savior, and then the Savior cleans them. He is making me, a weak thing of the world, to become a mighty instrument in His hands. The hard part is to “straightway forsake” my life to follow his instructions, but I have and am doing it. Follow the Savior and see what he can make of you.

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  • 1. Steven Watts  |  December 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    “They were commanded to catch them, the Savior does the cleaning.” – Wonderful analogy! I have never thought of the play on words comparing the atonement to cleaning a fish. Good thinking.
    Elder Watts


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