Mark 1:16-20

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writer is Stephanie Huwyler.


16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him. Mark 1:16-20


The disciples were going about their business, doing what they did every day; mending nets, casting them into the sea, and hauling them back again in the hopes of a catch. And this man comes along and says to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”


“Immediately, they left their nets and followed him,” they left behind their ways, security, and family to follow this man on the strength of a promise. Ok leaving behind a comfortable living to become a fisher of men would be hard for me. To let go of what I have and trust someone I hardly knew to follow their ways would scare me a little. I wouldn’t know what to do, say, or even how to act. After a while I would realize, “Hey, I’m doing something great for others and I like following this stranger preaching the good news.”


Jesus molds us to follow his ways and share his work of redemption and reconciliation. As we cast our nets in our daily lives of faith, we could be doing something simple as inviting a friend to church with us.


Let us pray:  Dear God, Guide us to follow your ways and teach those in need of your guidance that you may show them to become fishers of men. In your name we pray, Amen.


5 Responses to “Mark 1:16-20”

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  2. Carolee Groux Says:

    Stephanie, you are so right about questioning ourselves as to whether we would up and leave our family and career to follow a stranger. But the power of Jesus was so strong that the fisherman left their boats to follow Him and be “fishers of men”. Now that we know the gospel story it should be easier to follow the Lord, but we still need prayer and guidance. God help us to trust in the Lord.

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