If you know me at all, then you know I love the outdoors. I enjoy hunting and fishing and spent a significant part of my childhood doing both. Even today, when the weather warms up in the spring, I love to bass fish, and you can always count on me to bream fish after the first full moon in May (that is the time when they are on the bed and you can catch dozens at a time).
In our text for Sunday, Mark 1:14-20, Jesus calls His disciples, who happened to be fishing, by saying, "Follow me, and from now on you will fish for people." The calling of the disciples then is our calling now. We are implored to follow Jesus, and we are commanded to fish for people.
With that said, I ask you, what does it mean to fish for people? It simply means telling others about Jesus. If we know we are supposed to do this, why is it so hard? Why do we struggle sharing our faith with others? I would love for you to comment on this below.
This Sunday, we will commit ourselves to breaking out of our comfort zones and living out Jesus' command to fish for people. As I will say in my sermon, fishing for people is not really about numbers, church growth, or reports to the denomination. Fishing for people is about telling our story of what Jesus has done for us, and about what He can do for a world so desperate for hope. Fishing for people is about the power of God to change lives; if we have that good news, how can we not share it?
I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday. Thank you for all the comments last week. That really enhances these musings of mine.
May God bless you today as you serve Him,