Read Mark 1:17

“I’m hooked!” cried the boy as the man yanked on his fishing pole and stretched his earlobe. Not paying attention, he had walked behind a fly fisherman who was casting onto a lake and his hook caught the boy’s ear. He learned a lesson that day: don’t walk behind someone casting a fishing line.

Here are three other lessons we can learn from fishing: 1) You must go where the fish are. You wouldn’t fish in a cornfield, would you? 2) You must use the right kind of bait. Certain fish like certain kinds of bait. If you use the wrong bait, you won’t catch a fish. 3) You never catch a cleaned fish. Fish are slimy and smelly. It would be crazy to think you could pull a fish out of the water that is already cleaned and wrapped.

Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). He showed how to fish for men in the Gospels. How do you think the three lessons above apply to being “fishers of men” here, or in your community or school? Write your answers and discuss them with your group.

Lesson 1: See also Acts 1:8 (Example: there would be more ‘fish’ to catch on the soccer field than in Sunday School.)

Lesson 2: See also 2 Cor. 2:14-16.

Lesson 3: See also John 8:1-11

Day 2 of 7 from the 2006 Mission Discovery Devotional