I Think we Need a Bigger Boat - Fishing for Men and Following Jesus
Week Two, Day One
March 11, 2019
Have you ever made plans with a friend only to learn they've also invited people you don't like? Throughout scripture, we are reminded that part of following Jesus is leading others to Him. You may scoff at this, and say, "Well God, I'm okay with you and I becoming closer, but I didn't know there would be other people."
Matthew 4:19: "Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Here is the catch, pun intended, you're called to even fish for people who don't look, think, or act like you.
Are you throwing back every opportunity because you don't like what you're catching?
Jesus didn't shy away from the tax collectors, the lepers, the outcasts. He didn't even shy away from us.
Matthew 5:43-48 says, "You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?"
If you thought you'd be given permission to love others from a distance, know that He is actually calling you to seek people out. Even if we don't share His sentiment, His calling is clear.
He is beckoning you to follow Him. He's charging you to bring in His people. All people. Will you go with Him? You decide.
This week, we are going to learn so much about what it means to follow Christ and lead others to Him.
Our Jesus, thank you for leading us. Thank you for calling us to follow you. You are a light to all, bringing everyone of us in. You're not a discriminating God, but a beacon of hope. Please Jesus, help us to fish for people. Help us this week to navigate troubled waters, to call us out onto uncharted seas, and to be a lighthouse for the lost. We praise you, oh great navigator. We praise you, fearless captain. Amen.