Follow Me, Fishermen

“Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” We have all heard it, read it, but still it makes me a little uncomfortable. Do I WANT to fish for people? Evangelism makes me think of the guy on the 16th Street mall with a bullhorn. So I back up to the first two words, the toughest words there are in my faith journey – “follow me.” Sounds simple enough but it is a daily struggle and challenge. Follow Me.

By challenging myself to follow Jesus, he will MAKE me fish for people. By what we do and how we treat people, we fish in the name of Jesus. Look for and take opportunities to share with others what Jesus has done for you. By sharing what Jesus has done for me in my life, I am fishing. Fishing teaches us about discipleship and about following Jesus. Fishing also teaches us about discipline. Boy do I need discipline in my life.

Follow me. One of the great features of the seine is that it brings in everything. It is not selective. It is much like God's great seine. It drags in everything. It’s certainly not a selective club. I don’t judge, I just fish. Follow me, and I will bring you into the net? No, follow me and I will let you cast the net, mend the net, care for the net. Follow me and I may make you struggle against the current, and I will send you into places of great peace, relaxation, joy and excitement.

Fishing is also patience, isn't it? That’s another thing I need to work on.
Fishing is noticing the weather, watching the wind and the clouds. Fishing, like the gospel, is always practiced in context. It does no good to sit at one lake and wish I was on some other lake. On that day, in that place, I fish in context according to what the conditions are. Follow me, said Jesus, and I will teach you how to proclaim by word and example the good news of grace, the good news of the kingdom.

Give us grace, O Lord, to go fishing, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and to proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation. Amen.

Terry Luce

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