Catch | Going Out to Fish

Therefore as you are going make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Matthew 28:18-20.

For part of my son’s graduation gift we went to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. While going down the Kawishiwi River we did some fishing, canoeing, and even running on the rapids. (We did flip our canoe in the 34 degree water, but that is a story for another day.) Sometimes I fished from shore by casting out into the river and intentionally worked the shore for a short period of time. Sometimes I trawled for fish while canoeing; I would pull the lure behind and enjoy fish biting as I was moving along.

Jesus encourages us to trawl or fish “as we are going.” ¬†Jesus challenges his closest disciples to make other disciples. He wants them to do this as a part of their everyday lives. Jesus is advocating “lifestyle evangelism” where we invite persons into a relationship with God through sharing God’s love. Simply put, we are asked to witness to our faith as we go throughout the day. Some think of outreach as a program or activity. Lifestyle evangelism taught by Jesus is a reminder that we disciple best by doing it over time through relationships.

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn