Fishers of Men

1/5/2005 6:28 AM

S: “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had
brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. Luke 5:8

O: Depending on which account you read, Jesus had some contact with Peter,
Andrew, James and John before this moment. He had begun to cast some vision
to them and show them what could be. But evidently they weren’t totally
convinced, or he hadn’t given them a complete call before this time.

When the fish are caught and it’s such an unbelievable event, Peter is
scared. He realizes that he has simply NOT been listening to Jesus up to
this point and all of a sudden he realizes that he’s been causually
conversing with the Messiah. It scares him to death.

It’s like the time I nearly got into a crash with a semi. If one thing
would have been different, all of us would have been killed. Each time I
remember that story, I get an adrenaline rush – God protected us at that
moment when Krista was just a couple of days old. Even now I’m pausing,
just remembering it..

But it is at this moment that the disciples get a clear picture of what
really was happening. They were dealing with the Messiah. Although that
scared them, the Messiah was asking them to be part of His ministry – and
that excited them.

They left everything. Who wouldn’t if they were that sure of what they were

A: When God called me, I wasn’t catching fish, I was catching baseballs. I
left everything to do what I’m doing right now. I know my calling. I know
my desire to be like Jesus.

About a week or so ago, I was at my folks house and I saw a picture of our
former next door neighbors. My former best friend and his two daughters
whom I’ve never seen. I looked at that picture. I was drawn to that
picture. I saw something that I couldn’t let go of. Here’s a friend of
mine who was 16 days younger than I was. We grew up together from about 9
years old and on. I haven’t seen him since about 1983 or so. I called him
in 1999 when I moved to Colorado and I’ve had a little email contact with
him since then.

But I saw this picture and I think what I saw was a picture of myself – with
what could have been. It scared me. He’s been through one divorce and the
kids are like 17-13 or something like that. He’s in the process of going
through another divorce right now. I’m not saying that to condemn him at
all. That’s not my point.

But I saw a moment in time that God called me out and changed me forever.
Periodically he shows me what my life would have been like if I had not
taken the steps to follow Him. When I was in high school, I ran into a
different friend who had become a drug addict and likely an alcoholic.
That’s what I would have become. How do I know? He was my best friend and
I ran around with him a lot!

When I looked at the picture a few weeks ago, I saw a picture of what my
life could have been like had it not been for the GOD back-bone that I carry
with me now. Divorce, unhappiness, kids that aren’t living with me.

P: Lord, when I stop and analyze that you called me out to make a difference
in people’s lives. You called me out to pull people out of the muck and
mess that they are living in, that I could have been living in. You called
me out and you called me to be like you. I want to say at times, “Depart
from me, for I am a sinful man!” But you always say back to me – “Don’t be
afraid, from now on you will catch men.”

Thank you, Lord, for the calling. Thank you for the belief in me. Thank
you for the opportunity to make a difference. Thank you for living in me.
I love you, Lord.

I submit my life to you. I surrender all. I forsake everything today,
Lord, to follow you. Thank you for the opportunity to do so.