5th January 2015
“One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers – Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew – throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed Him.”
Matthew 4:18-20 (NLT)
Today’s passage sees a two-fold promise and command from Jesus: A command to follow Him and a promise that He will help us fish for people.
Peter and Andrew were two ordinary people. They were simple fishermen going about their daily work. Then suddenly this Jesus turns up in their lives and completely transforms them. Jesus had hardy started His ministry, yet both Peter and Andrew show no hesitation in dropping their nets (their means of livelihood) and followed Him. Interestingly we have no apparent record of Jesus doing any miracles or signs and wonders before He recruits these two brothers. It was simply the power of His words that stirred their hearts. This same Jesus calls us today to follow Him. Will you drop your own agenda and follow Him as Peter and Andrew did?
Finally, Jesus commissions them from fishermen to evangelists in a moment. He didn’t require Peter and Andrew to study in a Bible College, have a theological degree or pass a years evangelism training course (although there is nothing wrong with these!). He simply saw into their hearts and knew that these men were mighty warriors and promised to help them fish for men. And that they did do!!
Our pastor challenged us with two questions and I will leave them with you also!
This year what are you intentionally doing about growing deeper in your walk with Christ?? (COME, FOLLOW ME v19)
This year what are you intentionally doing about helping others know the love of Jesus and His saving grace? (AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN v19)