Catching Fish

“From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  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. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” (Matthew 4:17-22)

Peter, Andrew, James, and John were fisherman. It was their trade and they worked hard at it with their hands to provide food for themselves, their families, and their neighbors. When Jesus invited them to follow him and learn to fish for souls they had no clue what they were in for. Learning to catch souls is very different from catching fish! They needed to learn how to care for people, attending to their feelings and needs. They needed to learn how to rely on God’s love and power, rather than their own strength and skill.

Today, maybe God is trying to teach you a new way to care and love for his people. Take a look at the task at hand and ask yourself; “Am I willing to step aside from what I’ve always done and try it Jesus’ way?” Step out on faith and allow God to use you in a new and exciting way!

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