"Alafu?" (4 of 8)
A man from the west approached a fisherman relaxing on the shores of Lake Victoria and asked him, “Why aren’t you out in the water catching fish?” “I’m enjoying my day, just relaxing” the man replied. The westerner inquired again, “Don’t you want to catch fish?” The fisherman answered, “Ok but and then?”
Changing gears a bit, I'll put this Bible story here. This first interaction between Jesus and these disciples always amazes me.
"While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him." Matthew 4:18-22It was a different conversation than the "Alafu" one above. What must have they thought they were going to be doing? Fishers of men? How was that going to be putting food on their tables? Jesus never let them down and gave them far more than they ever imagined. This was the beginning of his ministry. Calling out disciples, who would soon make the foundations of the church. The Kingdom and reconciliation with God was at hand.
Jesus lived, died and rose again. He is alive and active today. The Holy Spirit is moving throughout the church, prompting us to respond to Jesus. What is your answer? And then?