I was thinking about this subject just yesterday, as I heard a short segment on local fishing, and my thought was this: What are some of the things people “fish” for? It didn’t take me long to figure that the list could be incredibly long. Sure, there is the obvious responses: flounder and trout to name 2. Most have seen Deadliest Catch at one point or another, and many have probably been on a deep sea adventure. Ever been to downtown Morehead City during Big Rock, to see a weigh in of a 600+ lb. blue marlin? Now that’s some fishing.
But there are other “fishing” adventures for sure. Some fish for a spouse, and they drop lines & hooks all over the place. Others fish for money, their primary motivation in life. I have seen people fish for all sorts of things: careers, friendships, gossip, and hobbies. At one time, I even knew some people who fished for a church — putting high end bait on those hooks, trying to lure one in. Some bit on that line, but nothing was quite good enough for the ones fishing. They threw them all back and then realized that they were some extremely hungry fishermen.
I find it interesting how the life and ministry of Jesus took place in close proximity to water. I find it fascinating how several of the His followers were professional fishermen; picked by Jesus Himself. But most importantly, concerning these things, was His call: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). That is a call for us today. We should want to be fishers of men, for Him.
Is that your passion? It should be. If not, something is wrong. Be sure to pray and ask God for the same Spirit, which was in Christ Jesus, to fill you and move you and consume you. This is my prayer: Lord, give us a heart so that we would be and become Your fishers of men, here and now, today. In Jesus’ Name and for His fame. Amen!