Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets. Luke 5:5 (NIV).
Some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen. When He called them, he didn’t offer a lot of explanation on what they would be doing or how they would do it. Jesus simply said, “Come, follow me. I will make you fishers of men.” Being professional fishermen, they already had the knowledge and skill to catch fish. Jesus wanted them to use their skill sets to bring people to him. Sometimes, they were discouraged because they were not getting results.
As Christian writers we are also disciples of Jesus, we are called to go fishing for people in different ways. We have gifts, talents, and skills that God has given us. Like the disciples, we want to learn how to use them to spread the gospel. It’s hard work. Fishing in Bible times was heavy-duty, physical work. They didn’t use powerboats, rods, and reels. They rowed or sailed to the fishing spot. Then they cast heavy nets out to haul in lots of fish at one time. No snoozing on the pier for these fishermen.
Though the fishermen worked hard, they someimes wondered if they were getting the desired results. Writers often feel the same way. We wonder if writing is what we’re supposed to do with our gifts. We might doubt whether we should continue. That’s OK. Even Jesus’ disciples had doubts. We can do what they did—keep fishing. Let’s cast our nets for new ideas. Let’s talk to other writers or non-writer friends about faith, mission, or just about writing in general. Pray that God will give us a net full of inspiration to jump-start our writing ministries.
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