Glad to share with you on this bright, beautiful sunny day. I wonder if this is what the weather was like on the day everything changed for Simon. There he was mending his fishing nets with his partners when Jesus came up. He borrowed Simon's boat to preach from and when he had finished, he asked Simon to put out to deep water to catch fish.
And instead of Simon fussing and carrying on about this no name itenerant preacher telling this professional how to fish, he did just as Jesus asked, and he brought in more fish than the net could hold. Jesus said, from now on, Simon, you are going to catch men. And with that, Simon, and James and John left their nets, to follow Jesus on the way.
Jesus asks us as the church to go out into deep water and fish, but far too many of us as folowers and churches want to stay where it is safe. We want to sit on the shore line and put up our feet and let others do the work of the Father. Jesus says, that is not allowed...not if we are going to be true followers. Where is it that we as a church need to take the neext step in our ministry? Where can we move from comfortable to the unknown in search of Jesus' calling?
Simon gave up fishing per se, but he was still in the market to catch people. What can we do as individuals and as a church in order to bring more people into the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? What can we do as individuals to brin gmore people into our church?
All of these are things to ponder as we prepare to worship Sunday.
Be aware that we are still painting the church, so pardon our progress. With that said, we may need some more help moving things immediately before and after church. I hope this finds you well, knowing that you are God's beloved child.
In His love and grace,