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And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 (ESV) When Jesus called his first disciples, he didn’t pick the most educated. He didn’t pick the strongest. He didn’t pick people with status. He picked fisherman. Fishermen were not regarded as a particularly valuable group to society. Cicero even noted that fishing was one of the “least respectable trades” (Cicero, On Duties 1.42). However, fishermen have a particular set of skills that make them the perfect fishers of men. I think that the skills that Jesus saw in Peter, Andrew, James, and...

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