Friday: 30th November, 2018
Reference text:Matthew 4:18-22
Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
Our text for today renders accounts of two different families: both of whom were in the same profession- fishing. Therefore, the activities they were found doing when Jesus called them should not surprise us in any way: one team was casting their nets while the other were mending theirs. Why? Because that is what fishermen do.
I have always been drawn to the change in role aspect Jesus presents in this text : from catchers of fish to fishers of men. Nonetheless, today a different context crossed my mind, a question that left me thinking hard: ‘are we really doing what our gifts, offices and positions charge us to do? By this, I make reference to our core mandates; like casting or mending nets is to the fishermen.
So I ask: teacher, are you teaching? Intercessor, are you praying? Evangelist, are you proclaiming? Parent, are you guiding? Children, are you obeying? We can go and on with a long list to question each gift, each office and each position we hold to ascertain if we are being true to the core mandates and definite outcomes that accompanies them.
Beloved, we can very easily claim success with any position by only doing a few things here and there, or touching this and that. But unless we fulfill the key mandates for which we stand in those positions, we cannot say we have been successful. All things being equal, the success of fishing is measured by a return to the shore with a catch- sometimes not a good one though. Likewise, there is something specific expected of you while in that office you hold, it may not be grande, but do ensure you are delivering that.
Remember # Don’t become a jack of all trades at the expense of your real mandate.