Fishers of Men
Jesus was an awesome team leader and team builder. He taught stewardship, not ownership, He identified causes of failure, He practiced restraint, and He transformed them. And even though He was the leader and builder, He still served them and washed their feet and had an amazing humble heart. We can be great team leaders and builders too, if we follow these great examples and works that He has done to build, strengthen, and serve His team. We can do the same, and we can do even better.
Are you a team leader or builder? Then you should read ‘Teach Your Team to Fish’, by Laurie Beth Jones. It’s a very interesting book that talks about how to be a good team leader, like Jesus was to his disciples. It’s also about how to teach your team how to be fishers of men, so that they can be great team leaders in the future. I’ll be sharing a few thoughts about it.
Jesus’ disciples used to be normal fishers, fishing for fish. But Jesus brought a light into their lives. That means that it is possible for us to do the same. For Jesus says in the Bible,
‘Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do, and greater works than these will He do, because I am going to the Father.’ —John 14:12
We can be a blessing to the lives of our teammates, for that’s what a team leader is supposed to do. We must strengthen them like Jesus did, excite them, transform them, release them like Jesus did.
Let Jesus help us turn them into fishers of men.
“As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” —Matthew 4:17-20).
Studies show that people perform better in tasks when they know the big picture of which they are a part. One of the reasons that people don’t do that well in their jobs is because they don’t really know why they are doing those jobs anyway. A great team leader, like Jesus, reveals the Big Picture and turns work into cause. He or she shows the team or company the reason and cause of why they are doing what they are supposed to be doing.
When Jesus was praying the last prayer before he died, he prayed, “that they may be one, even as we are.” Jesus wanted us to see our connection to each other, and to God. He wanted us to lead our teams in unity and to be one.
Think of five characteristics that you would want your company or team to have in order to advance it. What did you think of? Marketing skills, persevering, hard work? There’s nothing wrong with those. But on the top of the list, the most important characteristic that our team or company must have is humility. If you want to lead, then you must serve. Remember when Jesus washed his’ disciples feet? That is a great example of humility.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” —Matthew 5:5
In the old times, computers, phones, and other gadgets were so big but they were slow and not of much use. But as the modern age started taking place, one by one they became smaller. And as they became smaller, they became more useful and convenient. That’s what Jesus did. He went small in order to go big. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” This was God going small so that He could get big. A great team leader looks into the hearts of the people they serve, and puts a light in that heart.
Jesus considered his business to be a “family” business, and that was one of the reasons why he was a great team leader and builder. He treated his team like family, he loved them and served them like we serve ours. As he said: “Who are my mother and brother and sister? Those who do the will of God.”
After all those and many more, He released His team, to go around the world and do the things He had taught and trained them to do; to preach the Gospel. He transformed them from fishermen to fishers of men.