Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8, I Corinthians 14:12b-20, Luke 5:1-11
Nets
A little guy, maybe two, was sitting with his family near us in church a couple Sundays ago. He said, “Look!” and pointed to the bulletin cover and the screen, noticing that they matched. Yea! The church staff tries hard to make everything connect during worship – sermons, slides, bulletins, music, readings, lyrics, devotions, prayers. And here a toddler noticed! Another little guy, about five years old, bowed his head in prayer in such a sweet and reverent way. Then he folded his hands and squeezed his eyes shut. Connecting worship to life is a beautiful lesson we’re teaching those little ones, and each other. Our readings talk about being fishers of men, using our spiritual gifts to build one another up. The readings also emphasize being willing to go and do the work the Lord gives us. We work to connect with one another and with the Lord in subtle ways and grand ways. As the fishermen in Luke’s Gospel pulled in their nets and “were astonished at the catch of fish” Jesus granted them, we can cast nets at the Lord’s command and be astonished at what we catch for Him, too. I feel like I fish with a pole more than a net – I usually aim at ministry to one person at a time. I hope that these devotions are more like a net – reaching out to more people and sharing the astonishing news of Jesus’ love. What a blessing and responsibility that the Lord equips us to serve and share with nets, poles, pens, hands, ears, voices, feet, and hearts. Let’s fish! Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” Amen, Lord Jesus, lead us to the fishing spot and make us brave to obey You and cast our nets! —Tracy