Friday, July 21, 2017

July 22, 2017

"One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him." Luke 5:1-11

With some of Jesus' first words recorded in His public ministry He gave the call to fish for men.

In His last recorded words He gave the command to evangelize and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

This fact brings us to the second emphasis we draw from His calling of His first disciples.

First, He told them to follow and the second thing He implied was to focus.

Focus on what?

Fishing for men!

When you follow Jesus He expects you to understand what is the focus of His ministry. He came "to seek and to save" those who are lost.

Jesus loves people. He especially loves lost people, people who need a Savior and a Shepherd. It was that focus that led Him to the cross and it was His focus from the cross.

When you understand that it becomes clear why He called fishermen to be His first disciples. They knew what it was like to focus fully on fishing so they could relate to His focus on fishing for men.

Only one thing lasts forever and that is people. So why would you focus on things that don't last?

God calls you to follow.

Followers focus on fishing for men.

What will you be focusing on today?