Bringing the Text to Life
The moment Jesus begins preaching repentance, he also calls some fishermen to be his disciples, saying, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Jesus casts the line, presents the fly, and sets the hook. Ever since then, from that time along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to today, discipleship, evangelism and fishing have often been spun from the same reel and rod.
We are each fishers for Christ, evangelists who are invited by God to fish for souls. As believers, we know that faith is more art than logic, more heart than mind.
We share the beautiful rhythm of a life lived in Christ, immersed in the river of God, in the river of life, while standing sure-footed on the river's rounded, rocky bottom, alone in the river, yet with the company of others, within its flow, enjoying the fresh force of its surge. It is here, in the river itself, in our life full of chances, that God calls us, through Christ, to call others to Christ, to fish for souls, to present the fly of faith.