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What are you fishing for?

January 26, 2020 Fr. Brian Garrison, 3 Epiphany Season 2 Episode 11
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What are you fishing for?
Jan 26, 2020 Season 2 Episode 11
Fr. Brian Garrison, 3 Epiphany

“A bad day fishing is better then a good day at work”.   How about this one when somebody starts complaining about not catching anything someone else might say “that’s why they call it fishing and not catching”.

 Even to a non-fisherman there is something about these statements that rings true, that just make sense. That actually makes you want to give fishing a try or keep fishing even if nothing is biting.

And you know what else happens, if you fish long enough you will eventually catch something.  After all “You can’t catch a fish if your hook isn’t in the water”

We are all fishing for something.  There something that you have learned, something you have studied, something you have practiced, something you enjoy something that you eagerly and actively share this with others.  There is something that has you hooked, something in your life that has captured your affections and requires your attention.  

In our Gospel lesson this morning Jesus tells these men who are professional fishermen that if they will come and follow him, he will help them to catch something that is far more glorious, something that is much greater then fish.  

 Jesus tells these men, if they will come and follow him, if they will become his disciples and he will teach them how and they will soon become fishers of men.  They will be people who help others to come to know and grow in the power and love of God. 

Are you a disciple?  Or maybe I should ask are you a disciple of Christ?  After all, we are all fishing for something.  We are all living for and sharing the message of our lives with others.  We are all a disciple of something.

Maybe you can ask the people you work with, or the people you hang out with or maybe even your spouse or how about your children what do they see that you are living for?  What is the message of your life?  

 Disciples of Jesus fish for people.  Disciples of Jesus share with others the life giving power of Jesus and teach others how to live the lessons about life that Jesus taught.

One of the biggest reasons people don’t share their faith is that they don’t feel confident in what their faith is about.

It might be that you need to first learn from Christ.  When was the last time you found yourself sitting at Jesus’ feet as you read the Bible or studied his teachings?  

God has given us this incredible treasure of His word that teaches us, that builds us up, that reveals who he is that we would be confident in Him.  

God meets us in our private times of prayer, God inhabits the prayers and praises of his people in our corporate worship, God uses our relationships with one another to strengthen us and hold us accountable to our faith.  These are the ways that you and I grow and become confident in our faith, become his disciples, and fish for people.  

What are the areas of your life that you are confident in?  I would bet that most people around you would identify a significant part of your message of life with these areas of confidence.  

When you become confident in who Jesus is and who you are in Him, when you realize the significance, the power, the healing, the freedom, the joy of what he has given to you and what Jesus has taught you, you will begin to share it with others.  Your faith will become the message of your life because you have grown confident that the hope you have does not disappoint. (Romans 5:1-5)

Show Notes

“A bad day fishing is better then a good day at work”.   How about this one when somebody starts complaining about not catching anything someone else might say “that’s why they call it fishing and not catching”.

 Even to a non-fisherman there is something about these statements that rings true, that just make sense. That actually makes you want to give fishing a try or keep fishing even if nothing is biting.

And you know what else happens, if you fish long enough you will eventually catch something.  After all “You can’t catch a fish if your hook isn’t in the water”

We are all fishing for something.  There something that you have learned, something you have studied, something you have practiced, something you enjoy something that you eagerly and actively share this with others.  There is something that has you hooked, something in your life that has captured your affections and requires your attention.  

In our Gospel lesson this morning Jesus tells these men who are professional fishermen that if they will come and follow him, he will help them to catch something that is far more glorious, something that is much greater then fish.  

 Jesus tells these men, if they will come and follow him, if they will become his disciples and he will teach them how and they will soon become fishers of men.  They will be people who help others to come to know and grow in the power and love of God. 

Are you a disciple?  Or maybe I should ask are you a disciple of Christ?  After all, we are all fishing for something.  We are all living for and sharing the message of our lives with others.  We are all a disciple of something.

Maybe you can ask the people you work with, or the people you hang out with or maybe even your spouse or how about your children what do they see that you are living for?  What is the message of your life?  

 Disciples of Jesus fish for people.  Disciples of Jesus share with others the life giving power of Jesus and teach others how to live the lessons about life that Jesus taught.

One of the biggest reasons people don’t share their faith is that they don’t feel confident in what their faith is about.

It might be that you need to first learn from Christ.  When was the last time you found yourself sitting at Jesus’ feet as you read the Bible or studied his teachings?  

God has given us this incredible treasure of His word that teaches us, that builds us up, that reveals who he is that we would be confident in Him.  

God meets us in our private times of prayer, God inhabits the prayers and praises of his people in our corporate worship, God uses our relationships with one another to strengthen us and hold us accountable to our faith.  These are the ways that you and I grow and become confident in our faith, become his disciples, and fish for people.  

What are the areas of your life that you are confident in?  I would bet that most people around you would identify a significant part of your message of life with these areas of confidence.  

When you become confident in who Jesus is and who you are in Him, when you realize the significance, the power, the healing, the freedom, the joy of what he has given to you and what Jesus has taught you, you will begin to share it with others.  Your faith will become the message of your life because you have grown confident that the hope you have does not disappoint. (Romans 5:1-5)

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