Matthew 4:18-19 (NKJV) And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
The Lord Jesus Christ made three calls to these men. The first call is recorded for us in John 1:35–42 (NKJV): “35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). 40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone). The second call is recorded here in Matthew 4:18-19. The brothers had seen Jesus before, but at that time Jesus did not tell them to follow Him. Now here at the Sea of Galilee, Jesus calls the brothers to follow Him. And then after Jesus’ death on the Cross, the brothers went back to fishing. Then the resurrected Christ cooks breakfast for them by the sea because they did not catch anything all night long. But Jesus gives them instructions to cast their net one more time, and they catch more fish than their net could hold, one hundred and fifty-three to be exact, but their net was not broken. And Jesus said to them “Come and eat breakfast” (John 21:12 NKJV). “This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead” (John 21:14 NKJV). At this time Jesus restores Peter and says to him “Follow Me” (John 21:19 NKJV). This is the third time that Jesus called His disciples, and this time it was to apostleship. This is the wonder of it, that Jesus calls imperfect men like His disciples. And it gives me encouragement, because I too am imperfect, but Jesus can still use me, and He can use you as well, my friend. It is encouraging to know that we don’t have to be prefect to be used by God. Yes, God can use us. If we would submit ourselves to God, He can use us. God can use us, if we give ourselves to Him.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.