I want you to think about your current job. Is your job one where you are constantly interacting with customers to ensure their needs are met, or do you work on things away from people face to face? There’s a guy from our church who works in a hospital, but never interacts with patients. He’s in the boiler room making sure that airflows, pressures, and alarms are working in their proper order. If you’re ever in this hospital, and hopefully you’ll never have to, you’ll never see this guy or even know he’s there. But his job is vital to making sure everyone can receive the proper care they need in this building.
Who knows whether or not Peter and Andrew had behind the scenes jobs of just catching the fish, or if they also had to interact with people actually selling and bartering price. Either way, Scripture later tells us that this was their life. Just like how some families are all about cars, some all go into teaching, Peter and Andrew were all in when it came to fishing. So much so, that after Jesus’ death and the days afterwords, Peter went right back to fishing because that’s all he knew. When Jesus, arrived, that changed everything.
Jesus said to Peter and Andrew, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” Whether or not these guys interacted with many people, Jesus was about to show them the reason they were created. You see, Jesus’ ministry is always about people. It’s not about creating widgets, getting famous, or loads of success. It’s always about people. Jesus used many tools and means to reach people, but in the end it was always about leading people closer to their Creator.
As followers of Christ, we’re commanded to do the same. If we can put that as our lenses in which we see the world, it can change how we perceive everything. We will begin to think different, shop different, spend our time differently, do church differently. When we recognize that being a Christian means loving people towards God, life will make all the sense in the world. We don’t always have to be on the front lines to do this job, there is plenty of behind the scenes work that make this goal achievable. We are only 4 days into our brand new year. Let’s make this the year we fished for people more than we ever have before!