OK, it is time that I admit it… “I don’t like fishing!” I’ve tried it many times but I just cannot get into it. I think I just don’t have the patience or the ability to be still and quiet for the amount of time that it takes to really be good at that particular activity. It is hard to admit because we have some ladies at The Vine, who are also a part of the community that gathers in our house on Sunday evenings, who are some pretty amazing fisher-women. I’m sorry ladies.
Perhaps it is because it is such an individualized activity… I have always loved playing sports where I am part of the team. Then again, fishing isn’t always a solo, quiet activity. In the Parable of the Net, found in Matthew 13:47-50, Jesus paints a different picture than what probably comes to mind when we think of fishing. Here, He describes a kind of fishing that is still practiced in the Middle East today, where a large net is cast out into a lake where a creek/river runs into it. Then, several people spread the net across the mouth of that water and catch the numerous fish that are going with the flow of the river into the lake. It takes a team to spread the net across the river and to haul in the catch.
When Jesus calls us to be “fishers of men” He is not calling us to go it alone. Can you imagine one person attempting to cast a net and hold it open across a river to bring in a great catch? To even attempt it would be intimidating at best and more than likely, fruitless. To be a Christ-follower is not to participate in an individualized sport. We aren’t called to go it alone. When we do, at best, we see growth through addition. The Holy Spirit, and in turn The Vine, is into multiplication, not addition. We need a Family on Mission to do what God is calling us to. Where is your family? What community of faith is the Holy Spirit moving you to, and whom is He calling you to reach?
Let’s get out there… Together Not Alone, and we will see the Holy Spirit bear a catch that is well beyond addition. We will see the Kingdom of God multiplie