Sunday, June 9, 2013

Been Fishing?

Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. Luke 5:10b

Fishing - What better way to spend a hot summer afternoon than fishing. It’s exciting to suddenly feel the tug on your line and reel one in. No matter how small or how big catching a fish puts everyone into action –snatching the line, grabbing a net, laughter and shouts; “Don’t lose him!” Even the fish is wriggling and jiggling. But to fish all day or all night and catch nothing is boring and disheartening.

Peter, James and John fished all night and caught nothing – boring. Jesus asked to use Peter’s boat as a pulpit so the people could see and hear him better. After Jesus finished, he asked Peter to go out a little farther and let down his net. Peter told the Lord they fished all night and caught nothing, but because Jesus asked he would try again. This time the net was full and breaking. Peter needed help. He called his fishing buddies, James and John. Both boats were filled with fish. Peter was afraid because he knew he had to be in the presence of God. Only God could work such a miracle. Jesus said, Don’t be afraid. From now on you will catch men.

Peter, James and John became great preachers who saw many people come to Christ. How exciting to “catch” others for Jesus and see their lives change. Who would you like to catch?

Try this craft to help you remember you are fishing everyday for Jesus.
You will need:
1 paper plate or dessert plate
1 pair of scissors
Glue, tape or stapler
Crayons, markers, or paints
Some fishing line or string

Cut the center from the plate for the body of the fish.
Cut fins and a tail from the crinkly edged scraps.
Glue, tape or staple the fins and tail to the body.
Decorate the fish with crayons, markers or paint.
Use a marker to write the names of the people you would like to “catch” for Jesus.
Attach the fishing line at the mouth with tape.
Hang your fish where you will remember to read the names every day.

Begin fishing by praying for the names on your fish. You can also pray for yourself that your actions and words will show them Jesus. Go fishing and let Jesus give you a boat load!

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