Jesus Calls

The Gospel of Mark – Part 6

Jesus Calls – Mark 1:16-20

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Aug. 4th, 2019


  • This morning we are looking at the text where Jesus calls His first disciples.  From His calling of them, we will learn how and why He calls us as well.  
  • Up to this point in the Gospel of Mark, we know that Jesus is the Son of God and was foretold in the Old Testament. John fulfilled his God-ordained role in preparing the way for the Lord.  Jesus came on the scene, was baptized, empowered by the Spirit and affirmed by the Father.  He was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tried and tempted. After John was imprisoned, Jesus started His ministry in the region of Galilee saying the time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel. 
  • Next, Mark records the calling of the first disciples. Here is what was written: 

Mark 1:16-20 ESV
Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. 

  • From this passage we find three things when Jesus calls us.  Jesus calls us where we are, Jesus calls us to follow Him, and Jesus calls us to make us become. Let’s look at the first thing.   

Jesus calls us where we are

1 Cor 1:26-31 ESV
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 

Jesus calls us to follow Him

John 1:35-42 ESV
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.  40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). 

Jesus calls us to make us become 

  • “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  When Jesus calls us, he always makes us more than what we are. He repurposes and refits us for a higher calling and purpose… who we are and what we do now in the service the King of all Kings.  
  • He makes us become… which tells us all that this a process word. He will continue to hone us and form us so that we will be more than what we were. We will learn things and be in places so that we can do what we do for a greater purpose. He is using what we know and enhances it.
  • In this case it is fishermen becoming fishers of men. For instance, in fishing you learn things (what time of day to go, what place to go, what kind of bait to use, how to present it, etc.)  so that you are effective in your fishing. The more that you do it the better you become at it.  
  • Give yourself to learning the higher calling and use what you have for eternal purposes. 


  • After knowing about Jesus, they were invited to follow Him.  And they immediately left ____ and followed Him.
  • If you are going to follow Jesus, there is something that you will have to leave behind. Is your allegiance great to Jesus or great to family, career, possessions, locations, occupations or what is comfortable, etc.?  Often people don’t follow Jesus because what they have is more valuable to them than Jesus is. This is why Jesus said:  

Matt 10:37-39 ESV
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 

  • What or who do you love more? If you really want to find your life, you have to lose it. If you want to follow Jesus, He has to be who you ultimately serve. And this can look many different ways – these guys did fish again and they did keep in contact with their families. However, all that they had and all that they were, were committed to Jesus. 
  • God is calling you today to become His disciple. You may have heard about Him, and you may have met Him, but have you surrendered everything to Him?  Is He truly your Lord?  Are you in the process of becoming more than you are so that everything you are and do is in service to Him?