JESUS WORSHIPED among the fishermen. Jesus healed one of their own. Jesus spent time on the water with them. Only after laying that groundwork (or, seawork) did Jesus issue a call.
Jesus still calls us to follow by first preparing the way. We do not find ourselves addressed by a stranger, one whom we have never heard or seen before. The possibility of trust and our answering yes to Jesus is enhanced by knowing the One who speaks our name and invites us to follow.
This is a lesson we would do well to heed as individuals and communities of faith. If we follow that call to be fishers of people, we need not come at folks out of the blue with our words or invitations. We, too, need to do the groundwork.
Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus
From page 20 of Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus by John Indermark. Copyright © 2008 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”
—Luke 5:4-5, NRSV
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