Suddenly so many fish swam into the nets that the nets were in danger of breaking and the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord! This was a rephrasing of our Lord’s promise to make Peter and the other disciples into fishers of men. But this unusual word occurs one other time in the Bible, and it is in 2 Timothy -26 where the apostle Paul is instructing Timothy on how to go about his ministry.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel, but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive—zogreo—by him to do his will. First Peter says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is within you.” In other words, there should be such a radiance and joy and hope to our lives that others will ask about it, thus opening the door for us to share the Gospel. Sidlow Baxter, used to pray: “Lord, make me winsome so that I may win some.” I’ll never forget how this worked out once in my own experience.This word, which means to catch in a trap or in a net, occurs twice in the New Testament; and I don’t think it’s an accident. After I graduated from college I worked for a time at J. Penney’s, and my supervisor was a young man who was not a Christian.
We must always be aware that we’re not the only ones interested in catching fish.First we are followers, and then He makes us fishers.As we grow in Christ, we should become increasingly influential in leading others to Him.I don’t know what ever became of this young man and I cannot say that he actually became a Christian; but I believe that he has because the Lord deliberately placed me there and gave me the chance of displaying Christ. Matthew says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Christianity is defined in the eyes of the world by the good works that we do.I want to read something written by a scholar named Paul Maier who is a professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University.