“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Apart from being so close to the water and thus positioned by the Sea of Galilee, there must be other more powerful reasons why Jesus called fishermen to follow Him and why fishing has become a very important image for all of us in discipleship. What do fishing and living a Christian life have in common? Here are some possibilities:
You’ve got to be prepared. “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”
You’ve got to start early. “I will worship at your holy temple and give thanks to your name.”
You’ve got to be quiet and listen. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord.”
You’ve got to wait. “In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.” You’ve got to be persistent and determined. “Through it you are also being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you.”
You’ve got to practice and enjoy the process. “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.