Fishing from Noah's Ark, More than just Fishermen
By: Hannah McClure
When you think of fishermen do you usually think of a small sailboat that only catches a few fish or a boat that is barely staying afloat in dangerous storms? Most people may think of fishing boats in real life and the Bible as being skinny little wooden boats made of wood that look no more then a floating bobber on top of a giant foaming and violent ocean. But, have you ever thought of yourself as being a fishing boat or a vessel used for God(like Noah's ark)?
When we are Christians we are like a boat. First before we can reach other people for Jesus we have to build our boat(or ark) nice, big, and strong to be able to sail on the rough waters. God gives us the strong wood of: oaks, cedar, and olive to create a steady ride.The waves will crash and lick at the sides of our boats new figure.
When we have a strong foundation to rest in and we put our faith in God then He gives us the tools: the net, the bait, the sail,the oars,and etc. Jesus is also like a compass. We try to go one way Earth's magnetic force from God that forces us to go in one direction or course.
In our Noah's ark we pick up the people that God want's us to pick up to sail to heaven(fish that come in our path). We keep picking up fish as we make our way to heaven where we will eventually release our stock(our fish). To catch a fish you have to first have the right bait to draw them in. That means you get down on that person's level and not on a "above man" level. We act as one "like Christ".
When you think of fishing do you think of a perfect sunny day with calm waters and nothing but you and your rod. In Bible times and nowadays commercial fishermen will fish in storms and in perfect weather. Lots of times the waters can be treacherous and giant rogue waves will sweep over the boat and almost overturn it. In comparison, we as Christians are expected to "fish for men" in good times and bad times(trials). Our own storms are what bring more fish to the surface(fish come out more in rain and storm). It's the rough waters that bring people we need to reach out to. We can reach out in these storms and our boats won't be overturned because we have a firm foundation in Christ. Don't feel bad if you catch a small fish because that fish can be used to catch a bigger fish. Similarly, even little children can reach their whole family for Christ(it doesn't matter how small). Don't worry about the wind either! God is the wind that pushes us forward towards our goals.
We are God's fishermen created for a purpose within His purpose to fish His wide ocean of sea creatures that are different colors, shapes, and sizes. He ultimately changes our boat towards His mystery plan that will change both our own lives and others. We are the boat that is nailed and hammered into with wood from God's cedar, olive, and oak trees. We are His vessels and we carry the burdens and lives of other souls on our boat. It's more than the weather that draws us to others but it is God's heavenly drawing of us towards His kingdom.
God's the one who controls our minds, paths, and destination as Christian. His spirit guides us, Jesus prepares us, and God clears the way for us. We are ultimately God's work of art(the boat)prepared for his purpose(the reaching).
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