'I will make you fishers of men.' Matthew 4:19 NKJ
There were days Simon dreamt of packing it in. Catching fish wasn’t easy work. Days could be too hot for fishing; nights could be too cold. Some mornings it lashed down and he didn’t feel much like getting into a boat. Other days the waters were just freezing. And now, here was Jesus promising a lifetime of ‘fishing’ for men.
Perhaps Simon hoped it would be easier. Yet he’d soon realise there would be easy and tough days with people, too. There would be long sermons and great healing meetings, and still nobody would bite. There would be days when trouble just lashed down. Sometimes he just wouldn’t feel like fishing for men.
But if the fishing business had taught him anything, it was to get out to sea. To be a do–er. The only way to scoop up a successful catch was to get the wind in his hair, the sea–breeze in his lungs and get on with the backbreaking work of hauling up nets. Following Jesus would be pretty similar. Spending most of his life sitting down, not reaching anyone, wasn’t for him.
When it comes to walking out our faith, it’s sometimes best just get out there fishing in your school/college/workplace. Church is meant to help us in this, but not hide us from it. Sometimes, if we aren’t serving others, we start serving ourselves. If we aren’t helping the hurting, we can end up hurting the helping.
SoulFood: Job 18-20, Mt 1:1-17, Ps 47, Ecc 10:1-4
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