[Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Malachi 4:6, Psalm 78:4, Proverbs 22:6, Matthew 4:19, Ephesians 6:4, 2 Timothy 3:15]
Jesus’ opening words as he began his public ministry were, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17) He followed up those words with a call to four fishermen to become his disciples saying, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
I’ve always liked fishing. Fishing is a "hands-on" experience. You really can't fish remotely, you will need to "get your feet wet" or get out in a boat and enjoy the day. Teaching others to fish requires presence, time, patience, and experience, and skill. Can you imagine someone trying to tell someone how to fish over the phone? It doesn't work. Discipleship, like fishing, calls us to show others how to follow Jesus rather than just tell them.
The fact that Jesus called fisherman to follow him and learn his teachings has helped me understand a few important truths about discipleship.
“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I Learn.”