Updated: May 20, 2021
From Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
It was snowing hard at my house this morning when I left for work. It took me by surprise. It was really coming down.
I live out in the country and near a boat ramp. As I passed the entrance to the boat ramp there was a truck pulling in. Hitched to the truck was a boat. My first thought was "Now that is dedication!"
A few more seconds down the road, I passed another truck pulling a boat. I just shook my head and smiled and thought "these guys are crazy" That they would love fishing so much, they would venture out on the water, in the snow!
Friend, I pray we are that crazy when it comes to our relationship with God. That we are that crazy when it comes to meeting God and spending time with God. That we are that crazy when it comes to reflecting on the life of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit and opening the word. That nothing would stop us.
Now, it's entirely possible that it wasn't snowing where ever these fishermen were coming from, but if I had to guess, it did not deter them.
I pray that we, like these fishermen, when we encounter unexpected events in our lives, that it not deter us. That we continue with our plans; that we stay focused, no matter how crazy the people around us think we are.
In Matthew 4:19 Jesus called actual fishermen to follow him and become Fishers of Men. I think the most amazing thing about this story is that Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, without hesitation, came to shore and leaving their boat and all their fishing gear, they followed Jesus.
In verse 21 and 22, he repeats the offer with brothers James and John. Not only do they leave their boat and fishing gear, but they left behind their father who they had been fishing with.
To be a fisher of men simply means to grow the gospel. To share the hope of eternal salvation with a lost world. To give others hope and a knowledge of a Heavenly Father that loves beyond understanding and His son Jesus who died in our place.
I don't know about you, but I am ready for Jesus to come. I am ready to see all the goodness that He has planned for those who love Him. I am ready to see sin done away with. I am ready to see an end to cancer and other illness and disease, hatred, hurting, loneliness and suffering. I am ready. But not everyone is; and so God waits.
2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
I would encourage you today to give your life totally and completely to Jesus. Let Him lead and yes even rule in your life. He is coming soon. No one knows the day or hour but there are signs all around us. Jesus is coming soon!
"and this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14