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Letter Sixteen

Imagine you were one of the women followers of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. What would it be like as you heard his teachings, walked by his side, and watched his ministry?

Dear sister,

Something new has happened today. Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John were by the water’s edge washing their nets while Jesus was teaching a group of people. He led us down to the sea and he climbed into Simon Peter’s boat to teach. When he was finished, he told Peter to row out into deep waters and put down his nets to catch fish. Since Peter had just come in from a night of fishing and caught nothing, he was reluctant to try again. But out of respect to our Master, he obeyed. His nets suddenly filled with so many fish that when pulled into the boat, it began to sink! I wonder if Jesus was able to call the fish to the boat, or could he somehow see under the surface of the water that a large school of fish had just come? Perhaps the Father told him the fish had come. However this happened, it was amazing!

Even more profound than this miracle was his next words to Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Jesus called them to follow him and he would make them “fishers of men.” Sister, these four men have often gone with Jesus to learn and watch him minister. But this time was all together different. This was really a calling from Jesus to leave their families and occupational pursuits and focus one hundred percent on learning from and serving our Master.

It is one thing to spend time with Jesus whenever we feel it is convenient or interesting. It is another thing to leave our families, our homes, our jobs, and our worldly passions to serve Jesus. He told these men that they would become fishers of men. I am guessing that this means that we will learn how to bring others along with us as followers of Jesus. I told you in the beginning of my letter that something new has happened today. We are not only to continue to sit at his feet and learn from him, but we are to take what we learn and share it with others.

Serving alongside the Master,

Your Big Sister

Today’s Bible Reading: Luke 5:1-11, Matthew 4: 18-22; Mark 1:16-20

Today’s Application:

You are called to be a “fisher of men.” Spending time with the Lord to worship him and learn from him is critical. But it is just as important to take what we learn and bring it to others. He is calling you to share your testimony and the gospel with others around you, so they too can become a fisher of men. Ask the Lord to fill you with boldness today to be more open about your relationship with Christ. As you pray, listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting of who He has prepared for you to bring the gospel message.

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