Sun, 4 February 2007
Scripture Focus: Luke 5:1-11
Jesus is clear about the purpose of his disciples. They will fish for people. It is our calling. The net we cast is the Word of God that reaches the eyes and ears of people. It is important that we grow to maturity in our faith life so that we see beyond our needs (catching fish to simply sustain our own lives), to the needs of the other's body and soul.
Jesus is also clear that we will not fish for people on the side of the boat that we think should be fished, but where he directs us. We impact others in many ways not the least of which is to put our resources where Jesus tells us to put them into an effort to reach the people of around us.Giving is a response to Jesus' call to fish. All that we are and all that we have is being asked of us to reach others. We give (money, time, talents) in response to the one who gives us purpose. We give generously because of the one who has generously given us our lives and everything that sustains us (full nets). We give because it is a vital part of fulfilling our purposes as Jesus' fishers.