In a day where we see so many distortions to the word of God, a true interpretation of the Holy scriptures. We are also witness to a misinterpretation of what it means, to not only be a Christian, but to be a disciple of God. “A Fisher Of Men.”
So, today, let’s talk about what the term, “Fisher of Men,” means, and the cost to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Which are in fact, both one and the same. First, let’s take a look at the meaning of what a Fisher Of Men is.
It is a commissioned mandate. A call by God to walk and serve in the Spirit of the Lord to grow the Father’s Kingdom. We first see this phrase, “Fisher Of Men” in the book of Mark.
Mark 1:17 “Come follow Me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Now, the gospel of Mark sets sail differently from the other books of the gospel, such as the book of Matthew, which begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Where the gospel of the Evangelist Luke, commences with the tellings of the life of John the Baptist and his mother Elizabeth.
The book of Mark starts by speaking of the Ministry of Jesus Christ from the very beginning. Mark introduces us to John the Baptist, the man anointed with the holy Spirit of God to prepare the way for the future King. The message entails John baptizing and proclaiming the truth of Holy repentance and the forgiveness of sins.
We hear John call out in,
Mark 1:8, “I baptize with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Then Jesus came from Nathareth and was baptized by John, as the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove. Jesus would then go out into the desert for 40 days to be tempted by Satan, while preparing to go to Galilee to walk in the fullness of his ministry.
We will talk further about the wilderness journey that Christ places his true disciples on. Which is a prerequisite to walking in the fullness of our own ministries. Those that God has given to the tried and tested. Which is the main principle of this teaching.
What does it cost to be a fisher of men? The price to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 19:20-22, a rich man asked Him, “what else could he do to gain eternal life?” As someone who had followed the laws of God since his early years, one might think that he would know to do whatever it took to be a disciple of Christ.
However, when Jesus told him that he must give up all his possessions, sell them, and give it all to the poor. Sadly, the man couldn’t do it. He was a man of great outer wealth, but apparently, he was also a man full of inner poverty.
You see, Jesus saw a need for this man in his Kingdom. He knew this man could show love, and express this love to all people. Christ was calling him to be a fisher of men, but sadly, this was something the rich man could not do. Which is why God says in Matthew 19:23-24
23 then Jesus said to his disciple, “ Truly I tell you it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
This is where we start to find understanding in the stripping of the wilderness journey, and the making of a true disciple.
So as we recount the different accounts of each gospel, what is the same is what Jesus says that it will cost to be a disciple. In fact, the first disciples asked Jesus in verse 25, “who then can be saved?” Jesus answered by saying, With men it is impossible,
But with God all things are possible.
This is something to take great awareness to when you think that a religion will save you, and or, make you a follower of Christ. Because Jesus said himself, “no man makes salvation and forgiveness possible, only Jesus.
Now we can see why Jesus told his future disciples that they must leave their boats, nets, and fisherman’s tools behind. In fact, Jesus told them that they must leave all of their possessions because they would only be a hindrance and burden while carrying their cross for the ministry.
They knew that by choosing to truly follow Jesus Christ, they had to go with the clothes on their back, and a purse that wouldn’t wear out.
Evangelists Luke tells what Jesus told his followers.
Luke 12:33, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” saith the Lord
However, personal belongings are not only what Christ has spoken to those who are chosen to do great exploits for Jesus Christ. He also asked the chosen to sometimes leave our families for a time. Jesus does not speak of abandoning families, quite the contrary, this is an exploit to save families and bring them back together with the power of the Holy spirit and the goodness of the Holy gospel. Jesus speaks of this in Luke 14:25-27, it says,
“The Cost of Being a Disciple”
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Then again, in Luke 14:33, Jesus says, “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he cannot be my disciple.”
Nowhere in the Bible does it say, to go to church on Sunday and be my disciple. Nor does it say, attend mass and receive sacraments and you will be my disciples.
There is a misinterpretation and flat out deception happening in the church. We have self-ascribed “profits,” religious titles, Apostles, and people claiming that they are a disciples and followers of Jesus Christ, without having paid the hefty price to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Which God appoints and ordains for these ministries.
Which is why the Earth is consumed in religious sin, idolatry, blasphemy, prosperity, and mysticism, calling itself prophetic holy Spirit wisdom. When it is nothing more than a holy hell imitator of light.
2 Corinthians 11:13 So whom such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
We see this in many religions, denominations, and churches that teach from their own minds what is fraudulent. In fact, let us call it what it is. They are living in, and pouring out the lies of satan.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of
The Bible also says, “for many are called, but few are chosen.”
Now, to answer the call of the chosen, may look crazy to those who have not been called and chosen, and to those who refused to answer when they were called. Why? Well, just as Jesus said to his disciples, men refuse to pay the price to serve and function in the Holy Spirit. They desire their lives, their possessions, their pride and ego more than they care to serve God with their lives in purity.
They rather go to a biblical program, get ordained by man, and not only deceive themselves, but deceive millions of people around the world who will never receive salvation because they believe the religions and words of man over God.
These are the same individuals who attack Gods anointed. Those who are the elect have become the target of those who claim to be part of the body of Christ’s church. They are consumed with the rotten fruits of hate, persecution, and the devil’s stench.
They have grievances with innocent men and women who have given their lives to God in all of its entirety to serve him. To see that the lost are found, receiving no pay, no attention, no accolades, or any pats on the back. They haven’t seen huge stages, and still the fraudulent conjure up false claims against those who have answered the call of God. Those who are being prepared and equipped for discipleship. Those who will put those who spoke out of turn to shame.
The Lord has spoken,
“You have made the apple of my eye an outcast before men. They who have bled for me as I bled for them. They have traveled the four corners of the Earth to accomplish My Will. I have separated them from the rest, they are set-aside. I the Lord your God, will lift them up high, and from their towers they will tear down your altars covered in blasphemy.”
“The oil that will be poured out will break the curses that have caused the divide. Families will be reunited, and those who have been enslaved by the devil’s chain, will be broken, saith the Lord. There will be a new calm to replace the high winds of the storm, and for a brief time I will bring peace.”
Now, in regards to discipleship, true disciples, lead others to be faithful disciples and followers of Jesus Christ. They are leaders who live in the laws of Christ, not only speaking of them in dead churches, but making it their business to confront sin and repentance. To help others grow in the fullness of their calling.
Today’s churches, they are in the business of being the boss, and the congregation, they are the underpaid and overpaying workers. This is not how the church of Jesus Christ was created, nor destined to be carried out.
So, to those who have answered your call, and to those who may soon hear the bell, please, be aware, God will ask you to lay down everything at His feet. So while the churches talk about it, you will live it out. All for the purpose of God’s will in each of your lives.
Remember, it is not a ploy for the faint of heart, and or the thin skinned. However, through the wilderness journey, and with the willingness to be refined, tried, and tested, you will make it out better than when you went in. So fear not. However, be ready to suffer in joy for the Lord. Just as the Lord suffered in joy for you.
The Bible says, “for while we were sinners Christ died for our sins.” All while knowing, in joy, that He was making a way for each of us to do the same for Him.
Now, for those who are not called to disciple and lead, your position in the body is just as important. As a believer in the body of Christ, you are also called to obey and lay down all that is not acceptable in the eyes of God. To follow Him in all purity.
You must disregard all sexual immorality. As well as the sins we often hear about, such as lying, lusting, being a drunkard, taking drugs, homosexuality, and any type of fornication.
This will be a hard pill to swallow for those who call themselves Christians, Catholic, or any other denomination that follows a doctrine of man, and not the law. God says millions live in sin and idolatry. It is clear that many share homes and apartment, while being unwed and having sex out of union. You who are guilty of a sin that will keep you from entering the gates of Heaven. There are no good deeds of charity that will get you in.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Isaiah 64:6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Bible says, all who are guilty, without repentance, which brings about a change of lifestyle, you will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
The Bible is also clear, that cursing, judging, conspiracy, divination, necromancy, Idolatry, slander, gossip, jealousy, mediums, psychics are an abomination in His eyes. He says to stay away from those that do such things, including churches that summon demons through necromancy and petitioning the dead, who can’t hear you for prayers.
Deuteronomy 18:10-13 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God,
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.
Read that again, “the dead know nothing, and forever they have no more share in all that is done “under” the sun. Which means what it says, on the ground, under the sun.
The Bible is clear that anyone who leads you to do such things, stay far away from them. The Lord says, that bad company will destroy good characters. Now, if you know anyone that is teaching what is unacceptable, and or doing what is unacceptable in the eyes of God, respectfully remove yourself from their presence. This include churches, priests, Pastors, Nuns, and anyone who teaches anything that is in opposition with the true written word of God.
1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
2 Timothy 3:5 “Anyone having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
Believe me, I myself was once a victim of religion. As well as a backslider. I became victim by ignoring the true word of God. Then was led away from the ways of God. How? By following the ways of sinful people, for fun, and sometimes out of pity and loneliness. However, by the Grace of God he saved me again several years ago.
There comes a time when you think you can help people who are dead in their sin. But what winds up happening, they will drag you into their hell, then leave you to burn on your own.
Don’t do it! Politely let it all go. So that you can follow the ways of Jesus, and be born-again.
Turn from what you know is wrong, and get on the narrow path that leads to Heaven.
There will be many who will read this and it will resonate. Things will stand out to those who are guilty of what the Lord has spoken about. So, let today be the day to lay down all of your pride and shame, and give your life to Jesus Christ.
He is ready, willing, and able to receive you, in love and without judgement. Today is the day to give up everything that is no good for you, and truly be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Today is the day to secure your eternity in Christ alone. I promise you it will be the best decision you have ever made in your life.
Now even though the road is not easy, it is a road filled with love, joy, and healing. For those who truly know and follow Jesus, there is freedom!
John 8:6 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
The Bible says,
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Hallelujah! Jesus Christ is worth it, and so are you and your families. Remember, to follow Jesus takes courage, and in the world we live in, some may call you crazy today, but tomorrow, they will call you blessed.
God loves you, and I love you!
Evangelist, Christine’s Cornerstone Ministries