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Thought for the Day by Chris Dalton (BH Member)
As I’ve read again the Easter story in John’s gospel I’ve been struck by the f-words in John 21. Before you start to worry, they are these particular ones: friends, fish, feed, follow.
6 disciples join Simon Peter who has decided to go fishing through the night. They fish for hours but don’t catch anything and as dawn breaks Jesus calls to them from the shore...He says “Friends” and then recommends a particular course of action and suddenly there are so many fish in their net they can’t manage to haul it into their boat. Please read the whole of the encounter, it’s fascinating and what happens when they have breakfast on the beach with Jesus, who is actually already cooking fish, is that Peter is given the command to “feed” Jesus’ little lambs and sheep and also to “follow” Him regardless of what anyone else is doing.
What a great picture of our roles as disciples of Jesus – we are friends who follow, fish, feed and carrying on following. When Jesus originally called Simon Peter to follow Him, He said that he would from then on be fishing for people. So as Jesus’ followers we, too, reach out to invite others into the Kingdom but once God brings them in our role is to make sure these fish-become-sheep are fed rather than eaten!! Some people seem to be specifically called as evangelists, some as pastors, some as teachers, some as those who come alongside and support in various ways. However, we can all witness to God’s love and care for us, tell others about Jesus and invite them to come and see for themselves.
But over and above all of this we are called to keep on following Jesus, to grow into His likeness through the power of the Holy Spirit and see where He is at work and go where He leads.
Let’s make sure where our focus is – on following – and pray for ourselves and each other and our Christian leaders in particular that we all keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and stay close.
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