Wade E Taylor
"Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon
and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they
were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me,
and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway
they forsook their nets, and followed him" Mark 1:16-18.
Jesus spoke to Andrew and Simon with words that could be
easily understood by them. "You are going to continue
fishing, but I have called you to a higher vocation. Rather
than fishing for fish, you will be fishing for men".
Simon and Andrew were about to be lifted from one dimension
of His calling upon their lives into another. Sometimes we
fail to recognize the voice of the Lord because He speaks
to us with the words that we commonly use rather than with
a King James vocabulary.
Some years ago a farmer, H. B. Kelshner, was working in
his field. When a heavy rain began to fall, he went into a
small shed to wait out the storm. While looking at the rows
of corn, the Lord caused him to consider the nature of corn
and opened his understanding regarding the spiritual message
that is portrayed by corn.
His thoughts then turned to the parable of the sower (Matthew
13:3-23)concerning seed that is sown into different types
of soil. A detailed comparison between this passage of Scripture
and the corn in his field formed within him, and a ministry
was birthed with five messages that used corn to portray the
path to spiritual maturity. He spent his life ministering
these five messages about corn with outstanding results.
Corn is golden in color. Gold speaks of the "divine
nature" that is within the earthen vessel that we are.
When we confess our sin and accept the cleansing power of
the blood of Jesus, we become justified and are declared righteous.
Through the power of regeneration by the Holy Spirit, we receive
anew nature. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is
a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things
are become new" 2 Cor 5:17.
Having become a new creation, we are made partakers of His
divine nature(gold) as a babe in Christ. "Whereby are
given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that
by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust"
2 Peter 1:4. And then, "As newborn babes, desire the
sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby" I
Peter 2:3. As a babe in Christ, we are to grow (buy of me
gold) into spiritual maturity, or spiritual adulthood. Salvation
is a free gift, spiritual maturity must be earned.
Jesus compared this "divine nature" to a seed
that is sown into fertile soil. "But he that received
seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and
understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth,
some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" Matt 13:23.
Just as we have this treasure of His divine nature hidden
within our earthen vessel, golden corn is hidden within a
covering. As we, it has a tassel (hair) on top. Also, there
is a distinct gradation in ears of corn. Not all ears of corn
(nor we) come to the same level of growth, or maturity.
Our spiritual growth as a Christian follows the same progressive
development as corn, with comparable results. "Behold,
a sower went forth to sow," Matthew13:3b. The intention
of the sower is for the seed that has been sown to come to
full maturity so there will be an abundant harvest. The condition
of the soil has much to do with the harvest. Some of these
seeds fell by the wayside and birds ate them. Some fell in
stony places and were unable to take root. Some fell amongst
thorns and were choked out. However, the seed that fell into
fertile soil produced a harvest that was either thirty, sixty,
So also, the Lord "sows" His divine nature within
us as a babe in Christ, intending it to develop to full maturity.
He uses this parable to teach us that our "inner attitudes
and desires" (good soil) along with the "things"
that we permit in our life experience (wayside, stony places,
thorns) greatly affect our rate of spiritual growth.
Fall comes early at Pinecrest. If the tomatoes in our garden
are still green when the first frost comes, they are picked
and placed on a window sill where the sun can shine on them.
They will gradually ripen and turn bright red. However, suppose
some thirty fold corn that has not fully matured is placed
on the same window sill. What will happen to this corn? It
will dry out and become hard. The thirty fold corn will not
become sixty, or one-hundred fold corn. So it is in the life
of a Christian.
Many have the mistaken idea that they will be changed on
the "way up." They imagine that they will depart
from this earth realm as a babe in Christ and arrive in heaven
as a matured saint. However, once our life has been lifted
from the soil of His dealings, no further maturing is possible,
it is too late. Like the ear of corn, no further change will
take place. Spiritually speaking, we are not tomatoes. Rather,
we are as these ears of corn. Our spiritual development must
come while our "roots" are in the ground of our
There is a limited time for this process of coming to spiritual
maturity to be completed. Just as the ear of corn must come
to maturity during the growing season while it is attached
to the root within the soil, so there must be a proper response
to the workings of the Lord within us during our life time.
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me
in my throne, EVEN AS IALSO OVERCAME, and am set down with
my Father in his throne" Rev 3:21. Jesus qualified for
His place in the throne with His Father by overcoming the
hindrances that were in His path. "Though He were a Son,
yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered,
and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation
unto all them that obey Him" Heb 5:8-9. Now He is able
to say to us, "You are to overcome in the same way that
In using the terms of their vocation to speak to Simon and
Andrew, there was the danger that they would not hear as Jesus
intended. He did not say to them, "Follow me and fish
for men." Rather Jesus spoke to them of a process that
would qualify them for this higher vocation, "Come ye
after me, and I will make you TO BECOME fishers of men"
Notice that Jesus did not say "Go." Rather, He
said "Come." The call was to come to Him. We must
"come" (our attitude and desire) to the place (good
ground) where He will be able to bring about the changes within
us that will qualify us to fish for men, rather than fishing
The seed that fell into "wayside soil" missed
the furrow in which He works. "For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before
ordained that we should WALK IN THEM" Eph 2:10. The "good
ground" is where the divine plow turns the soil. This
plow overturns our own ways and exposes all that hinders our
spiritual growth. Unless we are careful, we will step aside
when we see this plow coming our way.
The problem with the "divine plow" going down
the furrow of our lives is that it turns every thing upside
down. This enables the Lord to get at the inner problems that
we have buried deep within us. Now, He is able to change us
at the very root of our being. Then that which grows up into
full view will bring forth an abundant harvest; thirty, sixty,
or one-hundred fold.
"For we are his workmanship," Eph 2:10a. Our new
nature, grown to full maturity, is the product that the Lord
desires to harvest out of the good soil into which we have
been sown. That which is seen is to be a fully developed example
(as the one-hundred fold golden ear of corn) of the nature
and character of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are disappointed when we pull away the covering from
an ear of corn and find it to be only thirty-fold in its development.
When we are lifted by the Lord from our present circumstance
of fishing for fish, and openly manifested in the higher realm
of fishing for men, let us make sure that what is seen will
be a one-hundred fold representation of His divine nature.