Daily Devotion Monday June 26, 2017
“But now I will send for many fisher men,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them. After that, I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.”
I remember the popular song I will make you fishers of men by Harry D. Clarke that we sung at Sunday School (Children’s Church) and while at high school. This song has been composed from Jesus’ call to his first disciples, namely; Simon also called Peter and his brother Andrew while fishing at the Sea of Galilee. He called Peter and Andrew saying, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19 KJV). By this call, Jesus fulfils God’s promise through the prophet Jeremiah to send many fisher men to fish for his people who were being scattered all over because of the consequence of their sin.
The prophet Jeremiah ministered to a generation that was stiff necked. Of their sinfulness, the Lord God said;
My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes. I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols (Jer. 16:17-18).
Despite human wickedness, God always provides a way of restoring mankind back to him. Although he promised to punish Israel for their wickedness, yet he is willing to restore them only if they too were willing to forsake their wicked ways. He said; “As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of the North and out of the countries where they had banished them. For I will restore them to the land I gave to their ancestors” (Jer. 16:15).
He promised to restore them by sending many fishers to look for them in the lands where they have been scattered. The work of the fishers is to bring them back to the Land of Promise. Humanity has fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus Christ came to restore us back to God, to a relationship with God. He has lived as a fisher of men proclaiming the kingdom of God and inviting people to this kingdom by saying; repent, the Kingdom of God is at hand. He called the twelve to help him in doing the same.
He commissioned the twelve and the other disciples saying; “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:19-20 KJV).
The commission to be fishers of men is for Christians of all ages. As a disciple, you have your role to play in the ministry of reconciling mankind to God (II Cor. 5:18). Being fishers of men is very pertinent to the spread and propagation of the Christian faith and the Gospel of Christ. I pray that God’s call to being fishers of men will be made plain to you and that the Holy Spirit will plant in you a gift to be a fisher of men. So, let us be reminded of this call by Clarke’s song I will make you fishers of men;
I will make you fishers of men, Fishers of men, fishers of men. I will make you fishers of men, If you follow Me.
Amen. Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is a graduate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.