Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17
The great commission tells us to go make disciples of all the nations. (Matthew 28:16) We see that the first step in doing this is to follow Jesus. This reminds me of something I heard at church many times. Being saved is as easy as ABC. A: you have to admit that you have sinned. B: you have to believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins. C: you have to confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Lord of your life. This is true based on Romans 10:9 & 10. However, I think this leaves out the second part of being a Christian; discipleship. Once you are saved, you need the DEF. D: deny yourself. E: embrace the cross. F: follow Jesus. (Mark 8:34) This is the first step in fishing for men.
In an analogy about fishing, I see the Gospel as the rod and reel bringing people into the kingdom. Unless you are a pastor, most of us don’t use a net. We talk with people one at a time. We have to spend the time and effort to put the Gospel out there and God will bring in the harvest.
In this analogy we are the bait. Are you living a life that is attractive to other people? (Matthew 5:13 & 14) Some of you are grumpy. How are you fulfilling the great commission? How are you living a joyous life as an example to draw people in?