Matthew Chapter 4
Key Verses: Matthew 4:18-20
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.
My husband and I love to fish, it’s kind of our thing! If we go out on a date we usually end up on a lake somewhere fishing. He even proposed to me on a fishing lure! (See bottom of post) When we got married I had to learn a few things about how to catch fish…well a lot of things actually but here is a relevant one. To catch fish consistently the fisherman (or fisherwoman) needs to know about the fish’s habitat and where that particular fish likes to hang out.When my husband and I go fishing I usually go straight to the clear open spot in the water where I know I wont get my lure stuck on a log or in a tree. Trust me, I have been the death of A LOT of fishing lures… But my husband always fishes right next to the spot with all the junk in it! Usually by a log where he knows the fish hide or in the underwater grass where they hang out with their fish friends. My point is that he puts his bait where he knows the fish are even if it is hard to get it there.
Now back to Matthew chapter 4: 18-20. What if Jesus called Peter and Andrew because they were fisherman, they knew how to fish for fish, they understood the concept that my husband understands, but Jesus called them to use that knowledge and become fishers of men! WOW!! Jesus calls all of us to be fishers of men so put yourself in Peter and Andrew’s sandals. When we are fishing for men, searching for people to bring to Christ, it is important to know about their habitat. Lets stop playing it safe and fishing in clear ,clean, open water and start going for the fish harder to get to or more out of your comfort zone! It can be very difficult to share the word of God to complete strangers because often we fear judgement or reprisal, but it can also be very fulfilling when you hook the fish that you thought couldn’t be caught (leading someone, a long shot, to Christ). Open your eyes and take notice of the people that God placed in your habitat, who can you impact for Jesus today? Who can you fish for? What if we started intentionally seeking people to bring to Christ in our daily lives?