A Different Kind of Fishing

After many days on the road, moving from town to town telling the people about the good news of the kingdom of God, Jesus found himself once again on the shore of the lake. The crowd that was following him grew larger every day. Many of them had been healed from crippling illness and disease and many more had been delivered from controlling and oppressive spirits. They all wanted to hear more of his teaching, because he spoke with such wisdom and authority. His message was giving them hope. They wanted more.

They pushed closer and closer, to the point where Jesus had to get into a boat to escape the crush. The boat happened to belong to his friends, Simon and Andrew, who were washing the fishing nets after a fruitless night of fishing. Simon pushed the boat out a short distance from the beach and listened as Jesus continued to teach the crowd. It was becoming obvious that as momentum grew around what Jesus was doing, that something had to change.

When he had finished teaching, Jesus asked Simon to move the boat out into deeper water. “I want you to let down your nets for a catch.”

Simon’s response was to the point, “Master, we have been working hard all night and caught nothing! But because you say so… I will let down the nets.”

So Simon moved the boat out to where the water was deep and threw the nets over the side. Almost at once, the nets were full of fish… hundreds of them. So many in fact that the nets began to break!

When Simon and Andrew saw what was happening, they frantically waved their arms, signalling to James and John to bring the other boat over. Soon, both boats were filled to the gunnels with so many fish that they were in danger of sinking!

The men were utterly astonished at the catch of fish they had taken and it took Simon a few moments before he realized what had actually taken place. Completely overwhelmed, he fell at Jesus’ knees and cried out, “Go away from me Lord! I am a sinful man!”

Jesus replied, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”

From that point onward, the four fishermen devoted their lives to following Jesus full time. From that point onward, things were going to be very different.

Take a moment to reflect on the story you have just read.
(sometimes it is helpful to read it again, slowly)

*Was there something in this story that you discovered—or thought about—for the first time?
*As you think about the story, what questions do you have? What do you wonder about?
*How might this story change your perspective / beliefs / behaviors?

I would love to hear what you are discovering as you think through these questions.
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