Matthew 4:18-20 – Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.
I’m sure you have heard about the newest craze that has got the whole world stood still – Pokemon Go. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a game using Google Maps (so a real life map), in which you have to go explore and find pokemon to catch and collect. It sounds super lame but trust me, it’s addictive and really, really, fun.. Bradley and I are so into it, that we spent our whole date day exploring London on a hunt to find as many pokemon as possible. In fact, he loves it so much, he used it as an analogy to encourage our youth leaders last night. I thought I’d share what he said with all of you…
If you want to catch pokemon, you can’t just sit in your house. You have to get outside and go places. Just like as followers of Christ, Jesus calls us to be fishermen of men and women. We can’t fulfil that duty by sitting in our house all day every day. We have to be active and ready to go. I don’t mean literally running across your town to find people to preach to, but rather being active in talking to people in your world. Being active in showing anybody watching what it’s like to live with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Being active in loving and forgiving people.
In the game, some pokemon are really hard to catch. You have to stand still and persevering until you’ve caught them. That’s the same for us when we’re fishing for men and women, as Jesus calls it. Some people aren’t as responsive and understanding as others. Some people won’t be friendly and to be frank, some may reject your faith straight up.
But being a follower and fisherman for Jesus requires boldness and a whole lot of perseverance. Keep persevering with the people in your world who say they don’t care. Keep being a shining example of who Jesus has called you to be. Keep loving, keep praising, keep smiling and keep standing firm in your faith.