My dad was an avid fisherman. As soon as the weather was warm enough to be on the lake he was there. Of course, he taught all three of his girls the skills necessary to be fisherman. Such things as putting our own bait on the hook, quiet conversation or no talk at all, and of course how to swim if we fell out or the boat capsized were patiently taught until we got it. To this day all three of us still enjoy a quiet morning on the water. In fact I can still filet and skin a fish.
Jesus was into fish too! His first disciples were persuaded to follow Him by telling them they would become ‘fisher’s of men’. In Matthew 4:19 we are not only told He said this but they followed immediately. Then he walked down the road a bit and said the same thing to two more fisherman. They followed immediately. These four men Peter and Andrew, James and John became Jesus’ BFF’s!
Jesus also used 5 loaves and 2 fishes to clearly show that He could and would provide for His people. (My husband jokes that we will be served fish and chips in heaven, at the Great Banquet, because of the number of times fish is a part of the Story.)
When Jesus appeared to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee, before His Ascension, guess what He served? Yep! He was cooking fish and invited his friends to have breakfast with Him. John 21:12-13
In the first century church the fish symbol (Ichthus) was used by believers to identify themselves as Believers. These friends of Jesus would ‘write’ the upper half-circle of the fish when they met someone and if that person finished the lower half-circle they were recognized as a fellow Believer.
Do you use a symbol to proclaim your belief? Do you wear a cross? Do you unashamedly carry your Bible? Do people ask if you’re a Believer because of how you act or look? Do you willingly talk about Jesus when someone notices what you’re wearing, carrying or modeling? I take every opportunity I find to talk about my Jesus. You can too!
Heavenly Father, shine through me. Let others see Your love, faithfulness, joy, delight…when they see me. Oh, Lord, let my life be totally about You! Make it so in Jesus Name!