Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 7, 2019
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19, NKJV
Our grandson Harrison just celebrated his sixth birthday. Among his bounty of presents, the favorite was a red and black Zebco rod and reel, accompanied by a tiny tackle box. “Pop, I want you to take me fishing”. Who can say no to that sweet solicitation? So, three days later Harrison and I woke up early, rigged his line complete with a lesson in tying a fishing knot, and the strategic use of needle nose pliers. And in spite of the 38 degree morning, we made our way to the pond near our house and “wet a hook” for about 90 minutes. No big bass to be found (though Harrison was sure two hit his bait but got away). No matter, because our shared memory of love, adventure and yes, patience, will be stuffed and mounted in our minds and on our hearts forever.
Fishing was the career of this motley crew of would be disciples Jesus called to follow Him. Rugged, rough and weather-beaten, these men took their life lessons of hard work and faith and followed Jesus. Just as the Lord had given them the resources and skills to fish in the natural world of physical provision, now Christ would equip and empower them to fish for souls in the supernatural world of spiritual provision. Jesus was clear, if they would take a step of faith to follow Him—He would make them fishers of men. Competency comes with Christ’s calling.
“Simon’s fishing partners, James and John (two of Zebedee’s sons), along with the rest of the fishermen, see this incredible haul of fish. They’re all stunned, especially Simon. He comes close to Jesus and kneels in front of His knees. Simon: I can’t take this, Lord. I’m a sinful man. You shouldn’t be around the likes of me. Jesus: Don’t be afraid, Simon. From now on, I’ll ask you to bring Me people instead of fish” (Luke 5:8-10, The Voice).
The good news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness is tasty bait for those who believe. Your imperfect life of love and forgiveness gives you the credibility to cast the net of Christ’s love over lives in need of a Savior. When you first believed—you began your journey with Jesus for the purpose of helping wayward souls find rest in a relationship with Christ. Following Jesus requires fishing with Jesus. Show up for others, be generous, cast the gospel net and God will fill it with souls. Fishing with Jesus takes time and requires patience, but you come to know Him much better in the process.
Yes, the beauty of fishing with Jesus is the opportunity to grow in your intimacy with the One who loves you the most. You learn from His example of how to love people well, and you grow in your confidence to share His gospel of love and forgiveness. When you fish with Jesus you are on the front lines of faith sharing which fosters the growth of your faith and understanding in God’s love and wisdom for living. A day of fishing with Jesus may not result in a soul caught for Christ, but joy and fulfillment will be stuffed and mounted in your heart and mind forever.
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16, AMPC).
Heavenly Father, as I follow Jesus grow my boldness to share the gospel, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Who in my life needs my intentional prayers and attention to share Jesus?
Competency accompanies Christ’s calling. #wisdomhunters #Jesus
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