Read Matthew 4:18-20
What are you fishing for?
Think back to the beginning of your faith journey: how did God call you? Did you leave something behind? Why did you respond? Take a look at this invitation Jesus offered to his first disciples: “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
The invitation was simple and straightforward. There were no lofty ambitions, no prizes or celebrations, just a simple call: “follow me,” and “I will send you out.” God has called you and every follower of Jesus to the same thing as Jesus called these first disciples. It is not a complex call. But that does not mean it’s easy. As you prepare to go and participate in this mission experience, ponder this:
Come, Follow Me
Jesus calls us to follow Him. Take a minute and think about what Jesus did. In a nutshell, he met spiritual needs and physical needs. Together. He pointed people toward God spiritually in everything He did physically for them.
How will you follow Jesus? Because that’s the first call. Think about how you will point people toward Jesus by doing the things Jesus did and living the way Jesus lived.
I will send you out
Jesus gets right to the point: follow me, then I’ll send you out. We don’t read about a significant training experience. The disciples don’t appear to have spent time in a classroom getting ready to follow Jesus. They followed Him. And He sent them out.
You may not feel equipped. You may not feel experienced enough. And that’s ok!
God is going with you, and God is preparing the way for you. You’re already ready. Why? Because you’re following Jesus.
Fish for People
Focus on the people and the community. Point them toward Jesus, invite them to experience Jesus through you, because God wants to send them out, too. You had a specific task at Impact, and a much more challenging task now that you’re returning home. But the task is not the primary goal: people are.
Meet a new friend, hear their story, and ask them what God is teaching them right now. Even if they don’t know Jesus yet, this can be a good conversation starter to lead into a conversation about your faith and why you are here. Your experience will likely be a significant one, and God is preparing you right now to take in every moment.