I would like to be a fisher for Jesus. Not with nets or lures or hooks. That’s not how he did it. Jesus shared his love with every person regardless of their social status, race or religion, or health situation. That’s fishing for people in Jesus-style. Love every single person…
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.
21 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, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Fishing for people. Weird metaphor. I’ve only fished a few times. Once the fish is in the boat, you remove the hook and beat the fish on the head to ensure it is dead. Not what Jesus had in mind. At all.
We aren’t out to clobber people. At all. Rather, we are casting a net of the gospel message to share it with people who need the truth and love of God. The image of the hundreds or thousands of fish being drawn into the net is like the image of a harvest of a large field of wheat or of grapes.
The harvest, Jesus said in Matthew 9, is plentiful. There are a lot of people to harvest for the kingdom. The workers are few. There are not enough fishers of people.
Today and this week, I would like to be a fisher for Jesus. Not with nets or lures or hooks. That’s not how he did it. Jesus shared the love and truth of God with every person regardless of their social status, race or religion, or health situation. Where others would not go near a person or people, Jesus would embrace them and befriend them.
That’s fishing for people in Jesus-style. So get out of whatever boat you’re in. Doing whatever you’re doing. And follow Jesus into a better way of interacting with our world.