The sport of fishing is very important to many areas of the world. This is a huge source of food for families in many areas. Categories and stories of the best hooks, lines, nets, bait, and a plethora of sources fill many water lines.
Not only is this a recipe of scrumptious eating, it is also an art. It has become a well paying organized success. Who would have thought that a Huckleberry Finn rod attached to a simple line, with a red and white bobber, line and sinker, with a worm attached, would become this?
Just imagine the first little store that opened with the cartons of wriggling worms in dirt selling for five cents or so. There would be some rods standing in a corner with lines wrapped around a roll or cardboard next to them. Maybe a wooden case filled with different sizes of bobbers sitting along a shelf next to some sharp hooks.
Yes, that little store could just have been a roadside sale. Now look at them. Look at the special competitions all over the world. There are specialties of sword fishing, shark fishing, bass fishing, crab fishing, and so many others.
So, here is Jesus, walking along the Sea of Galilee. He knows how important the fishing is to the men of the area. He knew His Master Plan as God in the flesh here also. He planned for these men to be fishers, His fishers of men. Jesus’ purpose for them was to net other sinners (lift them) from the dark and tell them the good news. Jesus gives us the Gospel net to lift the lost from the dark waters to His light of grace.
We are all given the call of being His fishers of men. This is our purpose as the children of God. We toss the Gospel net that is made up of His love, grace, forgiveness of our sins, and the very part of Holy Spirit drawing us to His promises. We share the goal of our faith the salvation of our souls.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
No longer do we have the highway side streets of chapels. Our world from the disciples of old to now have become far more than ever imagined. We have exponential resources in wifi, blogging, iphones, and so many other communicative processes to share the Bible and Christian music. Our Gospel nets are filling in ways Jesus planned long ago for just a time as this.