v 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
Called for a purpose.
I was reading recently of a major football team that was simply not scoring many goals. They found the money to buy a goal scorer. He was bought with the express purpose of seizing chances to score goals. That was what the team needed. I can imagine the coach saying to everybody, get the ball forward and then give it to …., he’ll get the ball in the net.
Jesus wanted disciples who would draw others into His Kingdom – using language these fishermen would readily understand he refers to that process as fishing for people. He didn’t invite them to become expert Theologians, or preachers or Church Leaders, or even well-known leaders in society, their role was to fish for people, drawing them into God’s Kingdom of love and faith.
I believe God has called each of us into His Kingdom for some purpose. It is all too easy to say that is true for Missionaries, or Pastors, or any Church Leadership role, but of course, I’m just a ….. (put yourself in there!)
You are not JUST A, you are one of God’s family and He has a distinct purpose for you. He has gifted you, He will give you opportunities to use those abilities, and the grace to fulfil His purposes. You may not feel you are very significant, but remember Paul’s teaching about the body in 1 Corinthians 12:11 ‘ The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” ‘ Every part is necessary and has a role in the life of the body.
Are you aware and responding to the call of God to follow Him with some positive role in mind? If ‘Yes’, get on with it – but if ‘No’, then perhaps this is the time to talk to someone about it, and discover what role God is calling you to right now.