The first people Jesus called to be his disciples were Peter and Andrew, brothers who were both fishermen. They were casting a net into a lake when he extended the invitation to follow him. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19).
They immediately left their nets and followed him, and we know that they indeed did become fishers of men. Instead of trying to get fish out of the lake, they tried to get people to come out of their lives of sin by trusting Jesus to be their savior. They tried to get other people to choose to follow Jesus, just as they had done.
Jesus still calls for people to follow him. Don’t you think he still intends for his followers to become fishers of men? It just stands to reason, doesn’t it? How can we obey the first part of his invitation and ignore the intended outcome of our choice to follow him?
Those who are really following are working, in some way, to try to gain followers for Jesus Christ.