The Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid!  From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”
Matthew 13:47

What I love about this area of Israel is that it is much like it was in the days when Jesus Himself walked here. As you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and hear the gentle lapping of waves on the shore, you realize that this is what Jesus would have experienced as well.

It is also the area where called Peter, James, and John (who fished on the shores) to be His own disciples.

One day, Jesus was being pressed by the multitudes as He always was (Luke 5). He saw Peter, James, and John on the shore, and asked Peter if He could borrow his boat for a while. Peter agreed, and Jesus addressed the eager crowds.

Then Jesus said to Peter, “Why don’t you launch out your boat into the deep water for a big catch of fish!”

Peter protested, “Lord, we have been fishing all night, yet at Your word we will do it.”

Peter was a seasoned fisherman. He spent his life by this lake, and he knew they were not going to be catching any fish after an entire night of fishing. So, Peter did what Jesus told him to do. In the original language, what Peter said in response to Jesus could be translated, “At your word we will do it, captain of this boat!”

You know what happened next? Their nets were breaking with fish, and Peter was dumbfounded. Jesus had just invaded his little world and shown Himself unlimited in power.

Peter said to Jesus, “Depart from me Lord, I am a sinful man!” In other words, “Jesus, with all due respect, don’t waste your time on someone like me. I am just not worth the effort!”

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.”

In the same way, there is a world out there that is hungry for spiritual truth too. We all need to go “fishing for people.”

You might think that God could never use someone like yourself! And that’s what Peter thought, but Jesus used him powerfully to touch his world, and I believe God can use you to touch yours as well.

Let Jesus “invade your world” today. Let Him be the “captain of your ship,” whatever that ship might be. I think you will end up with nets that are full.   Remember, something that I’ve always thought and found to be true is that something better than Heaven is knowing that you’ve brought someone with you!  As Christians, we are not going to fit in with this world.  We need and must Stand Out and shout on Mountain Tops to all our brothers and sisters and lead them to God.

Brother Jonathan 

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Do you have something on your mind and need a prayer? Then, please write me now and tell me about it. I am here for you!
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