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Week 37 Fishers of Men
June 24, 2013
Fishers of Men
Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.
- Matthew 4: 19
A time came when after Jesus had just begun to preach the kingdom of God that he happened to be beside the sea of Galilee. He was near its shorelines and it was a time when some of the local fishermen were doing their work. The day seemed to allow a nice moment for them to be in their boats and putting forth the effort of fishing. It wasn’t still long then when he had just went through forty days and forty nights fasting. The desert were his company in those many days and it sure is different to the scene he was currently in. As he was walking in the place, he saw two brothers. These were to be his early disciples. Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew were on the lake along with their father aiding him in the boat. They came to see him as he talked to them from a distance. Jesus said “Come , follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” At once, they left their nets and followed him.
Both the brothers for a very long time had been fishermen. They surely had been used to what the sea is like. Going around with some of the other people who does the same surely had taught them things by which they can live upon as their state requires. Being around with their father who happens to be one had given them knowledge and experiences to walk by. Apparently it would be considerable to regard them as reliable when it comes to casting the nets for the fishes. Both Peter and Andrew knew fishing as their means of work but this time, they will not be doing it like they have been used to. They would see things in a more broad perspective. They knew what it’s like to be in a boat for long hours just to have a bountiful of a catch. A change in their state would occur when they obeyed the Lord and made the decision of following him. They would not be casting their nets in the sea to take for themselves some fish like they have been doing so in a constant basis cause as they become Jesus’ disciples, they would be drawing near people. They would be preaching to a whole lot of crowd soon afterwards telling them of the good news that was in Jesus and setting the way for others to be acquainted to his goodness. They were to be among the early leaders of the church that would soon have its presence in the region.
Throughout the time when Jesus along with his disciples was in the world, he was constantly fishing for men. He was doing his work of preaching the kingdom of God to them. He wants them to put the Lord with sincerity in their lives. He was setting an example of what his disciples who would be doing the work afterwards were to be accounted with. He came that we may have life and have it abundantly.
As Christians, it is in our duty to share the gospel to people who have not taken the lord fully in their lives. It a commandment that has been handed unto us. As believers, we must be on the lookout to those who have yet to hear the good news. We are not alone in this task as surely the Lord will be with us along the way. Every step of the way, he has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Wouldn’t it be pleasant to hear words of gratitude from people whom you hare the gospel to? It would be joyful to be accounted for our work of bringing people to God’s salvation and unto his wonderful goodness.
Let’s go fish for the Jesus.
God bless you.