March 7th Lenten Devotion

Fishing

Allison Byerley

 Matthew 4:18-22

 Peter and Andrew fished for a living, so they knew all about the fish they were after, such as how conditions on the lake affected the fish, where they liked to hang out, how deep they liked to swim…you get the picture.

On a recent trip to Israel, we took a boat out on the Sea of Galilee, and the captain showed us how to fish with a net and invited a passenger to toss it in the water. When the net emerged, a handful of tiny fish tumbled onto the deck, amazing the captain and our guide! Usually, the net is empty when it comes back in the boat.

Why? Because the tourist doesn’t know the fish or the lake.

When Jesus invites Peter and Andrew to follow him in this passage, he isn’t interested in catching fish on the Sea of Galilee. He knows that the brothers know all about that. Rather, his invitation is to come and do a different kind of fishing that he will show them.

Jesus invites us to come fishing, but too often we act like we are tourists pretending to fish, astounded when there is anything in our nets. Our mission, given by Jesus, is to make disciples, and that means we need to know our setting like Peter and Andrew knew the Sea of Galilee. Otherwise, we are more like tourists tossing a net anywhere and not really expecting to catch anything.

Prayer: Jesus, show me the best fishing waters and teach me how to fish.

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