When I first became a Christian in the 70’s I was enamored with the writings of Watchman Nee. I am not anymore, but one thing he wrote about Mark 1:16 – 20 stuck with me as noteworthy. Here is the passage of Jesus calling His first four disciples:
“16. Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18. And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19. And going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.”
Simon (Peter) and Andrew were fishing with nets.
James and John were mending nets.
Jesus specifically addressed the first two, promising to make them fishers of men. Jesus did not speak this to the second two, the net menders.
It is possible that there are two overlapping callings here. Nee saw in this two different types of ministry, evangelism and discipling (and why does spell-check underline this word?). All the disciples – as well as all Christians – are equipped to do both. But we all maybe have our special strengths. We should play to our strengths if they are truly God-given. I have heard misfiring messages that cause more confusion than conviction. Evangelists trying to make all his hearers evangelists and counselor/teachers overemphasizing their own gift.
And, speaking of gifts, isn’t this the very point that Paul makes in Romans 12:6 – 8?
Don’t live in a “guilted” cage, Christian. Consider and carefully weigh what anyone and everyone says to you, but don’t let anyone imitate the voice of God to you. That voice is heard in a different way.