Looking at the bay through the large plate glass windows of my office, I watch as the shrimpers toss their nets into the water. One old shrimp boat moves forward steadily as its nets fill with the catch of the day. Eventually, the shrimpers pull in their nets, harvest their shrimp, and then move further into the bay, continuing the process several times throughout the morning.
Watching the shrimpers, I am reminded of story in Matthew chapter four. Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus encounters Simon (Peter) and Andrew, and later, James and John. He tells them to follow Him and explains that He will make them fishers of men. Asking no questions, they lay down their nets and follow Jesus.
This story motivates me to ask God each day to show me where to cast my net. Each day I must lay down the task that I’m doing to obey His leading. He shows me where I’m needed to share an encouraging word or smile; He shows me to whom I can offer hope or guidance using scripture; He shows me where I can simply lend a hand to someone in need.
Like the shrimpers who cast their nets day after day, I have confidence that when I throw out my net, I will reap a harvest. I am a fisher of souls, and God will use me to bring others into relationship with Him.
“‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”
-Matthew 4:19-20 (NIV)
“Heavenly Father, help me to be a faithful fisher of men. May my words and actions be an instrument in bringing others to Christ and restoring hope through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to lay down the many tasks that I have and listen to your leading. Reveal to me the areas in my life that you would like me to cast my net….”