In the 4th chapter of the Gospel According to Matthew, we read about Peter and Andrew – two brothers who for years have made their living as fishermen. They enjoy their work. They enjoy the time they spend together each day. And, they like the sense of accomplishment that comes from beginning the day with empty nets, and then ending the day having hauled in enough fish to sell at decent price and show a respectable profit. This is the men’s daily routine.
Then one day along comes Jesus who says to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately, Matthew tells us, without hesitation or protest, the two men follow Jesus. They just drop what they’re doing and follow him – as if they couldn’t resist. And then, in the days, weeks and months that follow, they join the other disciples and accompany Jesus on his travels, closely observing as he teaches, heals, and proclaims the Good News.
Like Andrew and Peter, most of us have our routines. We like our routines. We have activities we enjoy, and maybe a few we don’t enjoy. And it’s from the routine our daily lives, as he did to those early disciples over two thousand years ago, Jesus calls to us saying, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”
And, even though, unlike those early followers of Jesus, we may hesitate or even second guess sometimes, Jesus’ call to us continues, until, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we respond – we respond by caring and nurturing one another, and by going out into the world teaching, healing and proclaiming the Good News to a world in so badly in need. May God bless guide us as together we seek to respond in faith to God’s call.
Thanks be to God.
Rev. Dr. Bill Everhart
The Rev. Dr. Bill Everhart, is an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA), who has served pastorates in North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia, along with working in the community counseling field. He holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and a Masters in Counseling degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Bill lives in Woodstock, VA, and is the father of two daughters, Anna and Ashley. An avid musician, Bill also enjoys cooking, hiking, golf and a good book.