2 JANUARY 2018 – Matthew 4:18-22 (AMP)

2 JANUARY 2018 – Matthew 4:18-22 (AMP)


As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, “Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. 21 And going on [further] from there He noticed two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets; and He called them [to follow Him as His disciples]. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example].


What was it about Jesus who could call fishermen away from their nets to follow him. These men and the others would spend the next three years with Jesus learning what he meant when he said he would make them, “fishers of men”. God loves people so much that he doesn’t wait for fish to jump in the boat but casts a net wide to gather all who will respond to his call. He loves people so much that he allows us to share in the work and the joy of the catch! (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?


Pray for the leaders of SCF; Elders, Ministry leaders, Staff, Community Group Leaders and all those who serve.


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Con Loggenberg is a native South African and the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF). He holds a B.Sc. degree and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying, a B.Th. (Hons) degree in Theology and an M.Th. degree in Theology. He and his Texan wife, twin boys and daughter live in Shanghai, China.