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Photo taken in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya

“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him” Mark 1:16-18.  

What if we have made too much out of the fishing metaphor? What if the only reason Jesus was asking Simon and Andrew to be fishers of men was because they were fishermen? What if they were brick masons? Would Jesus say to a brick mason, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men?” If they were carpenters would he have asked them to be “builders of the kingdom?”

Could it have been that Jesus was inviting these fishermen, Simon and Andrew, to follow him and join him in God’s kingdom in a way that fit them?

It is the mark of a true leader to know the culture of his/her followers. A leader is one who understands his/her followers and willing to speak their language. It is true not everyone likes to fish. But if we are going to lead then we got to know our followers.


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