16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Thoughts: Jesus calls all of us to an eternal purpose- to be fishers of people. In America we are so occupied with fishing for fish (earning money and spending it) that we have little room in our lives to fish for people, and it is so secondary that many perceive the Gospel of Christ really means little to us. A recession could be the perfect opportunity for some to see how transient and fickle giving ourselves to this world is. I know many who worked hard, but lost their jobs. But losing our earthly jobs does not take away from our heavenly one- to care for people. There are some in our culture who cannot elevate human beings as more important than fish. Jesus draws a distinction that we should notice, and that makes sense. Luke's story of the calling (Luke 5) and miraculous catch shows that Jesus was Lord over fish and people, and calls us to care for people more. I used to work for Dunlop Sports Company making golf balls and golf clubs. We used to joke that some people spent their whole lives living and dying for a little white ball. But it wasn't the ball as much as the money that was earned by it- both of which will not last.
Prayer: O Lord, when your voice calls to me, give me grace to drop what I am doing and respond. Help me not to clinch the world, but to be able to let go for you.