As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.Matthew 4:18-20
By Janet Liniger
Let’s set the scene. Jesus is strolling along the shore of the Sea of Galilee – not a sea, but a very large lake. Along its shores are about 30 fishing villages, Capernaum being the largest. He saw two men throwing a net into the lake, following their previous calling which was fishing for a living. While honoring what they had been doing and what they knew best, he was about to change their focus.
This was not the first time Simon Peter and his brother Andrew had seen Jesus. In John 1:35-42, we learn that while Andrew was listening to John the Baptist, John proclaimed that the man walking by was “The Lamb of God.” Andrew first followed Jesus, went to find his brother and told him, “We have found the Christ,” then brought him to Jesus.
Back to the scene on the lake, Jesus called to the brothers, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately, they left their nets and followed him. How many of us can make a change that quickly? In a minute; first I need to talk to some people; – Wait, I have to mend this net that just tore, or finish reading this next chapter, or get some food packed, or collect some cash from someone who owes me. No. Immediately they left their focus and followed him.
Prayer: Dear God, who knows us and what we are capable of if we follow you, help us to live each day in a way that will draw those around us to your Son, as a fisherman draws his net into the boat. Amen.