Once again, I am visiting North Carolina. It is time for my granddaughter to graduate from high school and for our family to come together for a week of fun and remembrances.
We rented a beach house for a week and most of our children and grandchildren were able to come. Not all of us are going to able to attend graduation because of the COVID-19 epidemic and the special circumstances the school is allowing. However, this does not negate the fact our week together will be special. Nothing can beat family being together and enjoying the games played, the fond memories of yesteryear, and the love and closeness shown toward each other.
My favorite place to sit is on the third story balcony overlooking the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Many thoughts cross through my mind as I sit and watch the sea rush to shore and the people on the beach. Weather-wise, it has not been the greatest of weeks but that did not slow my grandchildren down from playing in the sand and the water.
As I see all the people, I wonder how many of them know Jesus Christ personally? There is a mixture of young and old, men and women, and different races. Many are swimmers, sunbathers, surfers; others are playing games, some jogging, some walking, and one fisherman. Everyone seems to be having a good time, social distancing from each other, and not a lot of communication between anyone besides family or friends. I enjoyed watching the fisherman even though he never caught anything or even got a bite.
He would work himself into a space between surfers and swimmers and cast his line out as far as he could. Now he would be 10 to 15 ft away from anyone, but I wondered if there were any fish around in the place he was casting.
I think to myself this fisherman is a lot like many people reaching out to tell others about Jesus. He is in the midst of others trying to catch just one fish but there are too many distractions that his hook is not noticed. Is not this a lot like any of us that want to talk to people about Jesus but we allow others to get in the way and with all their distractions we never get to talk with anyone.
We need to be more like the disciples Peter and Andrew. These brothers were fishermen; however, when Jesus called them to follow Him, they left their nets and boats and followed Jesus. He told them in Matthew 4:19, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
He has called all of us that are Christians to do the same. Learning to fish you must know the fish you are looking for so you can make the catch. We need to know the equipment to use and how deep the water is, and the kind of bait the fish will go after. Once we understand what we need, then we become true fishers of men. Being a disciple of Christ is to study His Word, talk with Him, listen to Him, and share your faith in Him to others.
Just as the fisherman on the beach that day, it would be difficult for Him to catch any fish from the sea because of the hustle and bustle around him. However, his fishing for something in the sea could have given him an opportunity to talk with others. Many would probably say he is crazy for fishing in that spot but maybe he was a fisher of people instead of fish from the sea. Maybe he was looking for just one person to talk with about Jesus. If this is true, he would have planted the seed to another person about the saving grace of Jesus, just as he was trying to use bait for the fish in the sea.
What about you? Are you a fisher of men and would you be willing to share your faith with anyone that will listen?