A New Kind of Fishing

Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee. Jesus saw Simon and Simon’s brother, Andrew. These two men were fishermen, and they were throwing a net into the lake to catch fish. Jesus said to them, “Come and follow me. I will make you a different kind of fishermen. You will work to gather people, not fish.” So Simon and Andrew left their nets and followed Jesus. – Mark 1:16-18

I don’t know about you, but I love to fish. However, fishing is a hobby, not my livelihood. What Jesus is saying to these fishermen is that he is going to take their livelihood and transform it into a way to change people’s lives for God. Now these fishermen completely left their fishing boats behind, at least for awhile. Most of us, however, he asks to stay in our vocations and let him show us how to bless others and bring God into their lives. If we are going to follow Jesus, then we are going to see his transforming power show up in our workplace and in our influence among those around us. “Follow me!” Jesus is asking you and me. Will we follow him especially at work and school? Dear Heavenly Father, give me the vision to see the opportunities you place before me to bless others and share your grace. Matthew 28:18-20 – 1 Peter 3:13-16 – Acts 8:4-5