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I Will Make You Fishers of People

Matthew 4:19

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgOur Director of Contemporary Worship loves to fish. He has posted a number of pictures of some of his favorite fishing holes on Facebook – pictures that often include his fiancée as well. Luckily she appreciates fishing as well or at least isn’t repelled by the idea of being out on the water or by the water with pole in hand. They are getting married in a few weeks and I can almost bet that somewhere during their honeymoon – a pole will be in hand as they relax and fish. His vehicle even smells like fish (not in a bad way – but in an outdoorsy way!). (By the way – we really appreciate the work he has done with our contemporary worship.)

A friend of mine from a former church is really into fishing too. He often posts pictures of fish he has caught. He gets some big ones. His youngest son has taken an interest as well and they are often together at their favorite fishing hole – as seen on his Facebook page! He brought a dozen or more rods to church once for a prop for a sermon series titled Gone Fishing or something like that. I miss him so!

My golfing buddy just bought a nice boat (no – I won’t be going on it – I get motion sickness real easy). My fear was that he would be going fishing a lot on Saturdays (our normal golfing day) and we would not be golfing much anymore. So far we have golfed on Mondays mostly – he started taking Mondays off. It has worked out most Mondays – but not all (like I will have jury duty on this coming Monday).

In today’s passage Jesus is calling His disciples. Many of them were fishermen – professional fishermen! Here is today’s passage in partial context.   Matthew 4:18-22 – 18 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 send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 Going 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, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus is calling us to fish for people today as well. When visitors come to join us for worship – we should be striving to build relationships with them – because it is through relationships that we are given permission to speak into people’s lives. We should be building relationships with regulars in worship – with our neighbors – and with our co-workers – so that when given the opportunity – we can speak into their lives. Fishing for people – trying to draw them into a relationship with Jesus – requires patience. Just like fishing for fish isn’t always drop the line and get a bite – it often takes time and patience before someone will nibble on your attempts to witness. I knew a woman at a former church that fished for her husband for over 20 years before he took the bait and came to Jesus. Who has God placed in your life in such a way that you are called to fish for them? All Christians are called to be fishers of people. Some might be more gifted at it than others – but we are all called to fish for people for Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 20, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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