As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat preparing their nets. Without delay he called to them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
What qualities do fishermen have that made Jesus call them as his first four disciples, and a third of the twelve?
I think they had three qualities that Jesus knew they would need to help turn their world upside down. They were fearless. You do not go out night after night on the sea to fish unless you are fearless. They were not easily discouraged. They kept fishing long night after long night even when all they got for their efforts were torn nets. They had faith. A faith that was as deep as the sea that they fished on. He looks for those same qualities to come to the surface in each of us. We need to be fearless, persistent and most of all faithful. Keep casting your nets!