Posted by: Brad Beaman | April 8, 2009

Unlikely People: Jesus called four fisherman as disciples


I was traveling recently and this included a few days in Goa. I spent about four hours watching the fishermen pull in their nets. It was an amazing process to watch a team of 25 fishermen drag in a net that I estimate was a half a kilometer long, bring in their boat, then spreading out their net and repairing the damages.


 After watching these fisherman the thought occurred to me just how incredible it would be to tap four of these guys to make up one-third of a group of twelve disciples to launch a kingdom movement that would cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.    

 fish boat

None of these guys looked like the type Jesus would ask what they thought of him and then Jesus say, “on this rock I will build my church.” No one looked like they would be the ones God would choose to preach the sermon at Pentecost.

Boat in 

The fact that these disciples were so “unlikely” was probably why people were astonished at the power  of God working through them.  


When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.  Acts 4:13


net repair Goa

It might be that James, John, Andrew and Peter were a lot different than the fishermen I was observing, but they might have been a lot like them. The Lord uses unlikely people and works in unlikely ways to accomplish his purposes.   


As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19″Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20At once they left their nets and followed him.

    21Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Matthew 4:18-22 NIV


Praise the Lord that he uses the unlikely. He uses us!


A Call to discipleship



  1. Just yesterday, I was just reflecting on the fishing term of “casting” our anxieties on the Lord on my blog, so I was thinking of these same things, including fishermen in Goa. It’s great how India helps me understand the Bible even more.

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