Jesus called ordinary men to follow Him into an extraordinary work. As disciples of Jesus, we must also redefine our purpose to become fishers of men and join Him in His work to reach others.

Mark 1:14-20

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

The Message to Ordinary People (Mark 1:14-15)

  • The time is fulfilled: The context and content of Jesus’ ministry was precisely predetermined.
  • The kingdom of God is at hand: The kingdom of God is God’s rule over God’s people in God’s place.
  • Repent and believe in the gospel: The gospel does not mean good advice, it means good news.

The Method of Ordinary People (Mark 1:16-17)

  • Jesus’ method to bring about God’s kingdom began with gathering a few unassuming disciples.
  • Instead of students selecting their desired teacher, Jesus initiated relationships with those He wanted to follow Him.
  • Jesus repurposed fishermen in order to gather and spare people from God’s impending judgment.

The Meddling with Ordinary People (Mark 1:18-20)

  • Discipleship isn’t getting Jesus to help with your agenda, but aligning your entire life to submit to His agenda.
  • The audacity of Jesus’ call to discipleship only makes sense if He has the authority to interrupt our lives.
  • Most people try to use Jesus in the three areas that He called the original disciples to surrender: careers, connections, and comforts.

Next Step

  • Do you believe the message of the gospel?
  • Are you involved in the method of discipleship?
  • How are you trying to hinder Jesus’ meddling in your life?
    • Career?
    • Connection?
    • Comfort?

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.