Then Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
This verse reminds me of how Jesus enlisted His workers. Just think about it: As a carpenter, Jesus likely didn’t have a lot of people hanging around His shop waiting to be chosen for a special task. He had to go out. And even then, people were not waiting, much less expecting, to be chosen for something special.
Jesus got His feet wet down by the lake. He dared to talk to a tax collector (maybe He was paying His taxes?). He embraced the pessimist, the coward, the brash. He did His leader enlistment personally by looking young men in the eye and saying, “Follow Me.”
This has a lot to do with developing leaders… maybe everything to do with it. As leaders in any capacity, we are not only responsible for those around us but we are also responsible for, perhaps even liable for, the one who will “follow me.”
Jesus’ leadership lesson is simple and clear: Go get your feet wet and choose someone you can disciple and equip to lead – someone who will see much greater things than you ever imagined.
Jesus answered and said to Nathanael, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” (John 1:50)