Director of Christian Education Message

“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4: 18-19

As a child I remember going fishing with my dad and my papa at a dam that was close by our home. I had a short pink pole with a bright yellow or orange bobbin tied to it. We’d sit on a steep, rocky bank casting our lines out into the deep, dark water. While it’s been quite some time since I’ve picked up a fishing pole, I remember most of the basics that are required to catch a fish and I can’t help but think about the parallels between our call as disciples of Christ and the leisurely act of fishing. 

A good fisherman knows the perfect kind of weather and climate to be out on the boat. Hit it on the wrong day and you’re less likely to get a bite. It’s also important to be out there at the right time to get the fish while they’re biting. As a Christian we’re committed to God’s timing and following His lead. Sometimes timing involves our own situations and knowing when to do something new or stay put. Other times it’s waiting to share the love of Christ with someone else in our lives. God promises that the opportunities will come and in His time. 

A good fisherman will patiently wait for the fish to come. They’re movements are not hurried or urgent, but peaceful and purposeful. I’ve never admitted to being a good fisherman. Practicing patience while we wait for God’s timing is difficult and trying. But always worth it. I think it’s also important to remember that God doesn’t just want us to be patient as we wait for Him but to also give that same patience to one another. It’s not required that we each be at the same place in the race of our faith journey all of the time. As the body of Christ, we are called to patiently walk with one another in love; encouraging and building up for the benefit of the Kingdom. 

The best fishermen in my life are the ones who have done it for years. The more they’ve done it, the more they’ve learned to appreciate the values of timing and patience. They’ve learned how fish react, what makes them bite and which ones are worth the work and energy to catch. Wisdom is an attribute that the Lord blesses his people. Wisdom helps us to know when to speak, when to hold our tongue, when to act and when to let others act. The Lord gives us wisdom so that we can share the Gospel and connect with others in a meaningful way. 

Peter and Andrew were in the business of being fishermen, they knew what the work entailed and how to do it well. Christ called them to put those skills to use in a wholly different and unique way. God is calling us to do the same; to put down our nets and join Him on the fishing trip of a lifetime. I’ll see you out on the water! 

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