Matthew 4:18 -20 As Jesus was walking beside the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Peter and Andrew were fishermen by trade. Often, they fished in boats, and used various types of nets and hooks. On this particular day, they were standing on shore and casting a net into the water, then drawing the net back in to shore. The Greek word for this type of fishing net was amphiblestron, from which we get our word amphibian. Part land, part water.
Jesus told them to leave their nets behind to become fishers of men. In other words, he said, “I’ll teach you to do the same thing you’ve been doing, only with people instead of fish.” During the next few years, Jesus trained his disciples to draw people in to His message of love and peace and salvation. But in order to do so, they had to be amphibious.
In the same way, Jesus has called each of us. He wants his disciples to make disciples, and those disciples to make disciples, and so on. But in order to do that, we have to be amphibians, as well.
Now, you may be scratching your head, thinking I’ve lost my marbles. But think about it, friends. Sometimes, we Christians want to bury ourselves in church life, barricading ourselves completely within the community of believers. We attend our Bible studies and our worship services. We have our Christian Ladies’ Teas, and our Charity Bake-a-thons. And that’s all well and good. But we won’t reach anybody new if we stay within our comfy community.
Other times, we choose to leave our Christian surroundings and immerse ourselves in the world. Here, things can get a little fishy. If we aren’t careful, we’ll end up swimming and partying and having a grand old time – but ironically, we will end up feeling dry and parched. For there is no lasting peace, except with Christ.
So, we must be fishermen like Peter and Andrew. We must keep one foot on land and one foot in the water. We must constantly try to throw out the net – and to do so, we might get a little wet. But the goal is to draw people to Christ. To be fishers of men.
When Jesus called Peter and Andrew to follow him, they obeyed immediately. He is calling you and me, as well. And like Peter and Andrew, we must immediately obey. Otherwise, the opportunity may pass us by.
Dear Father, I want to follow You. I want to bring others to You.
For a second cup, see: Mark 1:16 – 18; Luke 5:2, 10 – 11; John 1:42; Mark 10:28
***Note: Thank you so much for all of your prayers for my dad. The biopsy has been moved to Thursday, September 11.