“From now on you will fish for people.” That’s the great commission of our lives from Jesus. That’s why we are here. That’s what he left for us to do. Fish for people. The life of a Christian is wrapped up in that sentence. Are you ready to embrace your mission today?
1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Everything else in our relationship with God we can do on heaven’s side of the equation. Fishing for people has to happen now.
I notice a few things about this story which inform my life.
We labour and spin in this life, doing things our way to get our results. The Lord will direct us to put our nets out, sometimes even where we have already put them. The catch of God comes on his timing in his locations.
Therefore, we ought to listen to the voice of God. Go where he would have you go. Speak to whom he would have you speak. Fish where he impresses upon your heart…
Next, be humble. Have Peter’s attitude before God. Jesus is the master fisherman. When we are humble before him he will lead us to the people he wants to catch. When we think we know better, we’re in for long and frustrating days, and churches focused on ourselves instead of God.
Don’t be afraid. Catching people isn’t for sissy’s. It’s messy and adventurous, and will take you places you didn’t think you’d go. Go.
Finally, leave everything else and follow him. Make everything else in your life secondary to your primary job of fishing for people. Generally speaking, if something in my live interferes with fishing for people, I should leave it behind.
From now on I will fish for people. Will you?