Devotion - January 26, 2020

Matthew 4:18-23

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. 23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Reflection by Lynne Buell

Once they were on their journey, I wonder if these four men ever had the thought, “What have I just done?” After all, Jesus hadn’t been on the scene very long. They were Jesus’ first disciples, so there wasn’t a lot known about Jesus’ ministry. And here comes this man telling them they must follow HIM and become fishers of people. That meant leaving their families and their jobs. I’m sure they didn’t wake up that morning thinking that today we will find out what it will be like to be followers of Jesus


Unlike the disciples, I don’t think Jesus is calling us to be fishers of people in any particular way. He does expect us to love our families and to work hard at our jobs. We can still spread the good news of Jesus’ goodness, his teachings and how God wants us to live. We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the freedom to practice Christianity. Jesus’ goodness and God’s love of us all can easily be spread. As long as we reveal this goodness and love to others, we can call ourselves fishers of people.


Loving God thank you for your creation of Jesus so that we can all learn from his teachings and continue to spread your Word. Amen.

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