December 12, 2009

Fishers of Men

Morehead City, on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, is well known for its hospitality, excellent seafood and charter boat fishing. 

One summer afternoon on a boat docked in Morehead City, two fishermen were cleaning their catch of Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish when a stranger approached. When the fishermen looked up and saw the man staring down on them, they heard the stranger say, ”Pete and Andy, I’ve been looking for you. I have an important job for you to do, and no one else can do it. Follow me.”

Without hesitating, the fishermen immediately put their knives away and walked off with the stranger.

According to the Gospel of Matthew, this is what happened two thousand years ago when Jesus invited Peter and Andrew to follow him. The story is moved into the Twenty-first Century to demonstrate more clearly what a daring and courageous act it was for Peter and Andrew to turn their backs on everything they knew to follow Jesus.

Peter and Andrew were not men of great faith when they first met Jesus, but when they decided to follow him their lives were changed forever.

When we accept an invitation to follow Jesus, our lives are also changed, and our doubt becomes faith, our fear becomes courage and our greed turns to deeds of righteousness.

Blessings from Gpa Westerdahl