Poles, bait, and tackle boxes
by Kim Swindell Wood | May 14, 2018 7:29 am
Last Updated: May 14, 2018 at 7:30 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
When I was growing up on our little farm in Price’s Switch, our breaks from work and even vacations were spent mostly on the edge of some body of water with a fishing pole in our hands. It was our relaxing pastime in those days. I can remember the days that my dad would load up the truck, and we would always seem to head out to a new fishing hole. We would trek over the roughest boulders and tree stumps. Crawl under and through the thickest kudzu and sometimes even a little poison ivy. Wade the roughest waters and climb the steepest cliffs, all to find a hole that hadn’t been fished out. If we were going to fish, then our intentions were to place ourselves in the best position to catch a mess. Our mission was to catch fish.
Jesus stood on the edge of a body of water and called a group of men to fish 2,000 years ago, and it was all recorded in Matthew chapter 4. The problem was they were already fishing at the time. Again in the book of John chapter 21 Jesus instructed perfectly good fishermen to throw their nets on the right side of the boat if they wanted to catch fish. Not recognizing it was Jesus at the time, they reluctantly cast their nets again, and their catch was so great that it nearly tipped them over.
Jesus called mankind to fish – even fishermen. But he added a single statement in Matthew at the water’s edge that day. He said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” He took a group of men with no ministry experience and with no religious power and retrained them in fishing. Now the author of the book of Hebrews records in chapter 13 that Jesus is the same person and the same God as he was when he called Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John who were fishermen, to fish.
So, today, we would be safe to say that Jesus hasn’t changed and that no matter what our status or job description may be, we are called to fish. We must never forget that, and we should always remember that we are never too young or too old or busy to learn how to fish.
The net was cast once more in those early morning hours of fishing in the book of John when Jesus changed their fishing style from the bank. He then prepared a fire to cook up some of the catch for breakfast, even though they were not even at shore with the report yet.
The full net can remind us that the need for fishing is great, and the fire showed us that Jesus expects us to fish. And if we fish the way he wants us to, then we will also be successful.
The charge today is simple; we’re called to fish.
Come and visit with me at Christpoint church, and we will get our poles, our bait, and grab our tackle boxes and work on our fishing techniques. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home, I’ll see you at “The Point” at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.