Mark 1:16-20

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

Two things have always stuck out to me about this text. First, it challenges our presumption that the first disciples of Jesus were poor. They were not. To be a fisherman in this time required some inherited capital (boats, nets, etc.), hired hands, and the wherewithal to haggle for prices. These four fishermen were not stupid, nor were they impoverished. And perhaps that’s what makes this story even more radical. That men of such economic standing would leave everything behind to follow Jesus.

The second part of this text that strikes me is this: in order to fish for people, you must first be caught yourself. No one can teach the faith without first living it. No one can tell others about Jesus without first knowing him.

May you always grow closer to God in your journey and bring others with you.