Matt.4:18-21 – Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
This has been an historic week for me. I am not even talking about my hospital bout with Covid, even though that was crazily historic. I am talking about a fresh call that the Lord has placed on my life. I feel like He has marked me deeply again, He has called me Fisherman.
I have been pondering all the implications of that statement and have been reflecting on my initial call to follow Christ. What is this Fisherman thing anyway? For those who know me there has always been a supernatural grace on my life to win souls. I am not really sure how and why, it is not like I have a slick soul winning plan, the Lord just uses me in various ways to bring souls to Christ. There are people, many people, in churches all over this region that have come to Christ through our ministry. It’s just part of what He has done in me.
Now going back to my salvation, the Lord first came to me that August night on the lakefront of Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans in 1973. Parris and I were sitting on the bench by the edge of the lake when approached by Jesus freaks. Looking back it was very similar to today’s passage, “Come follow Me and I will make you a fisher of people.” That’s the night Parris and I accepted Christ. The next day is when the confirmation with a supernatural sign hit us. I took Parris fishing from the bank at the Rigolets. Those who know me know how weirdly random that was. We started casting our lines out from the bank and were catching trout as fast as we could reel them in. There were boats nearby catching nothing trying to get closer and closer to us with no luck. We fished, standing on the rocks, until our ice chest was overflowing, it really only took several minutes. We were blown away; we knew this wasn’t normal and it was a direct sign from God about what had just happened to us the night before. Jesus was in our lives and His supernatural touch was calling us to follow Him.
That brings me back to this week, Jesus has reestablished His calling on my life as Fisherman. I think its time to go fishing again, something never seen before is about to happen. Let’s follow Jesus and see what amazing things He has in store.