And he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
1. Follow Christ as your Teacher.
2. As your Example.
3. As your Friend.
4. If you see to the following what will Christ do?
(D. B. Hooke.)
1. These heavenly fishermen follow Christ personally.
2. They follow Him circumstantially.
3. They follow Him singly, with a single eye.
(H. Cole.)The great lesson of the text may be summed up in this — that successful work for Jesus must spring out of a devout imitation of Him. "Follow Me," etc. In the example of Christ there are two points which it is important to look at.
I. The estimate Jesus Christ gave to humanity in contrast with all the other objects that engaged His attention. In comparison with the claims of man, everything else was regarded as subsidiary.
II. His whole career was evolved from this central conception in regard to humanity. To save men — that was His mission. I must work — that was His motto. These thoughts were always present to His mind. Our grand central controlling purpose must be the imitation of the Master, in striving to become the servant of all.
1. Christian work must so far resemble Christ's work as to be inspired with the soul of earnestness.
2. The possession of yearning pity and interest in humanity.
3. The cultivation of a spirit of large self-denial.
4. Persistency in effort.
5. Prayer. Does this command stir your soul to nobler work and better service, etc.? What is your response?
Parallel VersesKJV: And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.