Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
When Jesus Calls us by His Grace we ought not only to remember what we are, but we ought also to think of what He can make us. He has made us to be His Sons and His Daughters. The Lord says, "Follow Me, and I will make you." We should repent of what we have been, but rejoice in what He Has Done. He does not say "Follow me, because of what you are already." It is not "Follow me, because you may make something of yourselves;" but, "Follow Me, because of what I will make you." Truly, I might say of each one of us as soon as we are converted, "It does not yet appear what we shall be." It did not seem a likely thing that lowly fishermen would be transformed into Apostles; that men so handy with the net would be quite as much at home in preaching The Gospel and in instructing Disciples. Many would have said, "How can these things be? You cannot make founders of churches out of peasants of Galilee." That is exactly what Jesus did. Who could have imagined all the beautiful things that came forth from darkness and disorder by that one statement, "Let there be light?" And who can tell what lovely displays of everything that is Divinely Lovely that will appear in a man's formerly dark life, when God's Grace has said to him, "Let there be light?" I beg of you who see in yourselves at present nothing that is desirable, come and follow Jesus Christ for the sake of what He can do in you. Do you not hear His Sweet Voice Calling to you, and saying, "Follow Me, and I will make you Fishers Of Men".