Fish for People, 30MAR
My brain sparked an interesting connection between these two pictures that I made (attached) of Jesus pulling us up out of the water when we sink like Peter after doubting, and of Jesus telling His fishermen disciples that if they follow Him, they will become fishers of men. Jesus said Fish for people and I added “don’t throw any of them back.”
Jesus commanded the fishermen Peter and Andrew to follow Him – whether He said it sternly or simply, or even if He said it cheerily, He did it KNOWINGLY. Therefore, it is a command for us to mediate on as well. How will we fish? How will we give up our own lives for His. How can we not?
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.
Jesus commands each of us in our own way, in His way of speaking to you. JESUS’S WAY IS WAY PERSONAL.
Following Jesus’s call will not always be easy – and yet it is the ONLY way, it is a command because Jesus IS THE WAY. Jesus commanded it as TRUTH. Love and forgiveness can be HARD… Many are hurting from the world, but no one is too far from Jesus’s love. Love is not impossible for Jesus because Jesus makes it possible.
Fish for people because Jesus fishes for you.
Build nets and help those sinking.
Peter sank – we are Peter-like because we need help too. We are all in the water because we have original sin PLUS plenty of our own ignorance PLUS a human sinful nature. We just need Him. How does water, Jesus as Living Water, cleanse us? He is present. A dip in the water, a necessity to swim thru our complex lives, and a desire to be saved. How does Jesus save us? From ourselves. Why does Jesus save us? FROM LOVE FOR LOVE WITH LOVE.
Saved for God. Eternally loved.
Reach up your hand into His. Call Him.
Then join Him. Fish for more.
How do disciples fish for people? By reflecting the Way, the Truth, the Life – by loving – by forgiveness – by faith – by hosting hope. But most importantly by LOVING.
How will we do Jesus’s Work? By His Words… Fish for people and don’t throw any of them back. Don’t worry about how, just do… we have work for eternity…
People are fishes are people are human. Love them anyway. LOVE THEM ALL.
LOVE NEVER FAILS.
1 Corinthians 13:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.