Do you love fishing? I do. I love just going and being on the lake, watching a beautiful sunrise and being with family. I love seeing the smiles on faces as my son finds the “perfect place” and we start reeling in those fish. My son and my hubby will go fishing in any weather – frigid cold, rain and you name it – they go. Not me – it has to be a warm, sunny day.
We studied about two fishermen this week – Peter and Andrew. Jesus told them to drop their nets and they did. They did not hesitate or doubt, they followed Jesus immediately. Jesus is telling us just as He did Peter and Andrew to drop our nets. So what is your net? What is keeping you from fishin’ today, why are you hesitating, why are you doubting, what is holding you back?
What is it you should be doing that you think you might not be qualified to do?
Pastor Derwin Gray told us this week in our Limitless Life Study that the truth is, we are not qualified to follow Him and that Jesus is calling losers and failures — like us — to become faithful followers of HIS! He is not calling extraordinary people, He is calling ordinary people like you and me. What is he calling you to do, what is it he is asking you to give up that maybe you have gotten so comfortable with that it has slowed your walk with him?Are you so comfortable with your job, hobbies, sports, so busy with your family and even church or school that you cling to them and you leave Jesus behind?
Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them
God is calling us to do the same thing today. Sometimes we lose sight of what we are called to do. We get busy with our exhilarating lives – children, spouses, parents, grandchildren, jobs, finances, and pain. We want to stay in calm waters, but Jesus tells us we are supposed to be fishers – fishers of men. What does that mean? It might mean simply reconciling with others, it might mean evangelism, it might mean giving up a job you are not happy in, it might mean being a light and showing Jesus right where you are in your present job and in your community.
So how is fishin’ for fish like fishing for men. I thought about that for a bit and here’s what I came up with based on my trips with our son:
- Be prepared. We have to have a license to fish, and we need bait and equipment to catch fish. We have to get up early. Just like fishing for men – we have to be prepared. We have to know Jesus, we have to show Jesus.
- We have to find time. Wow, isn’t life busy. When we are planning a trip, it gets tough sometimes planning around several families and all our agendas. We have to find time to be fishers of men too – we have to find the time and spend time with people and let them see Jesus in us.
- It takes patience. Sometimes those fish aren’t biting, and my son is not very patient. He cranks up that boat and off we go somewhere else where the fish are. Jesus went where the fish were, and he used methods and language that caught fish. DO YOU? Are you going where the “fish” are – at work, neighbors, community, grocery stores, sports events with your children, and even church. Do you show Jesus wherever you go? Just as the fish don’t come to us when we are fishing, people don’t come to us. We have to GO!
Time to leave our comfort zones NOW because He said GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO and live an others-centered life.
“Let me encourage you. No one may see the behind-the-scenes work Jesus is doing through you, but God the Father sees. And He’s cheering you on.” (Limitless Life, Pastor Derwin Gray, p. 203)