Gone Fishin'

Carlo Mendoza

"While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them,“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."  Matthew 4:18-22

As we have officially entered the summer season, many people will partake in various recreational activities, including fishing.  I remember one summer...

When I was about ten years old, my family joined my uncle on his new boat as we went fishing in the breakwaters of Redondo Beach, CA.  I will never forget the excitement of that day as my brother and I reeled in one fish after the other for hours on end.  Many years later, both my brother and I were called by Christ just like the set of brothers Peter and Andrew, and James and John.  We, too, began to follow Christ at once and became fishers of men.

The first place we went “fishing” was with our family, both immediate and extended, as well as with our friends.  As both of our lives were drastically and eternally changed by God, we were able to use that as a means of sharing our faith story and the good news of Jesus.

There are a couple of differences I would like to point out when it comes to fishing for fish, versus fishing for people. The first is that fishing for people can have an eternal impact; and secondly, there is joy on both ends when someone is “caught”!

Even though we haven’t caught as many people as we did fish that one day when we were children, the joy of sharing the truth about the eternal and abundant life offered by God through His Son, and the joy of someone responding in faith and becoming believers, far outweighs the excitement of that experience.

So I would encourage you as a follower of Christ, to go fishing for those loved ones in your life and trust that God will bring in the catch of the day!

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