Catch | Deciding to Fish

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.

Luke 5:4-6 NIV

I was talking to another church planter this week and he worked on a church plant for several years. It grew and he discipled a lot of persons into fully devoted followers of Jesus. But because of an illness, he had to discontinue church planting. Some would say his church plant failed. I would say God gave him a respite and allowed him to see how his disciples continued on without his leadership. After years of healing, he has been discerning where God will use him next. He was reading this passage and realized that God wants him to cast out his net, again. He could easily say, “been there, done that, and I am not doing it again”. But in his heart he knows the miracle of Jesus and wants to experience the joy of partnering in the catch once again. He wants to listen to God’s voice and cast out his net again even though it doesn’t make sense.

Deciding to take the risk to reach out to people is hard. Whether we are talking to a family member, a friend, or someone we just met. I can easily come up with excuses as to why I don’t want to share about the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. At the CROSSROADS Men’s Bible study, we came up with a few excuses of our own: 1) I don’t know how, 2) I am afraid, 3) I’m not smart enough, 4) My faith is weak, 5) I have a lot questions and doubts myself, 6) I still sin and feel I am a hypocrite. This week we hope to explore together how to fish for people that are far from God. May God give you the courage to fish so you can experience the joy of the catch.

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn