It was only a small light on the horizon.
A simple point of illumination above the vastness of the sea.
Being curious about what I was looking at, I took a camera and tried to zoom in on the faraway object.
What I thought was only one light became two.
Two lights fixed above a deep sea trawler.
With outriggers stretching far alongside, a night of hard work was probably just beginning for a crew of diligent fishermen.
Smoke trailed away from the boat into the atmosphere as darkness was beginning to swallow up the last bit of sunlight.
They were certain to catch more fish than one man alone could do in a simple boat.
This was serious fishing.
Fishing with an end in mind.
Jesus chose some fishermen to be His disciples.
He chose them with an end in mind:
One day as Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew fishing with nets, for they were commercial fishermen.
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me! And I will make you fishermen for the souls of men!” At once they left their nets and went along with him.
A little farther up the beach, he saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat mending their nets. He called them too, and immediately they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with him.
They did learn to fish for men.
They learned to believe in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.
They learned what it meant to speak to others about Him, encouraging them to believe, as well.
Although two thousand years have passed, the mission is the same.
Once we believe in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God, we should learn to speak to others about Him, encouraging them to believe.
Seriously speaking to others about Him.
Speaking with an end in mind.
Maybe even attaching some “outriggers” to reach people we may not have normally been in contact with.
Shouldn’t we think of ourselves as fishermen for the souls of men?
The souls of our friends?
The souls of our families?
The souls of our neighbors?
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