Peter was Called to a Different Type of Fishing

My friend and I are going through Luke one passage at a time, and this morning we discussed Luke 5:1-11 where Peter’s world (and worldview) was turned upside-down with one drop of the nets. It’s a wonderful passage where Jesus provides a graphic and living metaphor of evangelism and missions. Peter, Andrew, James, and John would no longer be catching fish, but people—no longer on the Sea of Galilee, but in a sea of souls.

But the call goes beyond just these few men. We are all called to the same thing. We are all near a sea of souls and we are all called to be fishers of people in these vast seas.

I love Michael Card’s music and his lyrics. He wrote a song called Sea of Souls back in 2003, and I really like the message.

All thru the night of toil and sweat
With empty souls and empty nets
So hopeless I will not forget
That night so dark and cold

Then with the dawn He rose in view
And filled our nets and my soul too
With the fisher king my rendezvous
Upon the sea of souls

Upon the sea of souls
We ride the tides of time
Jesus shouts, “Behold,
You stand beside a sea of souls.”

I left my boats and nets behind
To follow Him so I could find
A way to cast a different line
Upon the sea of souls

Upon the sea of souls
We ride the tides of time
Jesus shouts, “Behold,
You stand beside a sea of souls.”

Our entire purpose for being here as followers of Christ is to cast our nets and our lines into the seas that are around us. As his ambassadors, our King has placed us in various seas of souls, and he’s done so with the expectation that we’ll be casting our nets and lines. The catch is up to him, but the casting is our responsibility, our task, our great privilege.

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