If you love to cast your rod in the early morning hours at “Crystal River” or cast your net in the deep sea off the “Florida Keys” you know what it feels like to prepare for an all-day fishing excursion and return home empty-handed.
Sometimes when you and I are in pursuit of something in life, and we are close to reeling in the possible catch-all of a sudden you and I may hear a snap - or a rip, and all that was held is lost. Well, the Bible teaches us that the first disciples of the Gospel were ordinary fishermen who were far from perfect, whose flaws were as many as the scales on a fish, and whose demeanor was far from pristine.
Each of these men, despite their many flaws, did possess their own unique qualities for their trade. Some possessed rods, others nets, and yet others possessed simple tenacity. While they each had something to offer - the only thing limiting their potential to haul in the large loot was their ability to work and tug together towards a common goal.
Working as a team requires all hands on deck. Don’t allow indifference to dismantle (rip) the woven strands that hold your spiritual mesh together. For it takes a team to haul in a net but a single player to reel in a rod. In the end, everyone is trying to fish.
No Broken Nets!
10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many, the net was not torn.