Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jesus Wants His Disciples To Be Fishing

Full-time fisher man, not seasonal or sport fishing. 

Matthew 4:18-20  One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers--Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew--throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.  19  Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow Me, and I will show you how to fish for people!"  20  And they left their nets at once and followed Him.

When Jesus walked the shores of Galilee one of the most important careers was fishing. It was an important part of the economy.

For the career fisher man all of life revolved around fishing, without fish he didn't have anything to barter or sell so that he could have the things that he needs and he certainly wasn't going to eat if he didn't fish. It wasn't a hobby or a seasonal thing, it was life.

Discipleship is not a program or a hobby or even a ministry, rather it is a lifestyle, it is a lifestyle that must be lived out 24/7. When Christ began to preach, he began to gather fishers of men, who whould be hearers, and afterwords preachers of his doctrine, that would keep the process going so that there would always be an increase in the amount of fishing being done.

If you are going to be a good fisher man then you must have the right bait, if we do not look like Christ or talk like Christ then all we are going to do is scare the fish away. Speaking right and doing right is the right kind of bait to use if we are anything else then we will not attract the fish.

1 Peter 2:12  Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when He judges the world.

I need to be certain that every time I throw my bait into the water that it smells right and looks right or the fish wont bite.

Help me Lord to be a full-time fisherman and to be one that isn't scaring the fish away. May the things that I say and the things that I do be an attractive bait that the fish will bite.