As we read Mark 1:16-20 the urgency of the gospel pops out. The men called by Jesus stopped what they were doing and went fishing. The words now and immediately jump off the page. They stopped being fishermen and became fisherofmen. Here is the question: have you gone fishing lately?
For those who do not like holidays or such occasions and are only interested in results, the book of Mark is for you. This begs the questions of self-examination. Are you producing results? When the disciples encountered Jesus that immediately changed and lived differently. Priorities were re-arranged and the church is throughout the world as a result.
Jesus changed the disciples target and aim for living. Rather than just scraping by, he gave them a massive mission to save people with the only news that can bring comfort and peace. The Gospel is not just about getting to heaven, it is also about helping others get there. It is an active pursuit of Jesus.
There are different methods of fishing. Trolling, nets, casting, farming, fly fishing, dynamite… The issue is not whether you should fish, but how you should fish. The driving force behind our mission of following Jesus is how you will reach the people Jesus brings your way. As you are reading this likely you are in your mission-field.
The results we see from Jesus is because Jesus went fishing. He didn’t wait for fish to jump into his lap. He went out and purposefully fished. The story of Christmas is Jesus going and reaching people. Jesus did not just give us a hope and a prayer, he got up, served, gave himself, and is now calling you.