I Am a Fisher of _______________.
How do you define purpose?
How you define your purpose in life determines how you live it. It also determines what you serve and how you mark your life. You need to know your purpose in light of Jesus so you live with an eternal perspective. A group of Christians in England during the 7th century asked the question, “What is the chief end of men?” It was their way of asking, “What is our purpose?” The answer to this question was simply,
“The chief end of man is to glorify God and worship (enjoy) him forever.”
You and I were put here to bring glory to God. Just look at all of the creation around you! Isaiah 55:12 says even the trees “clap their hands” and give glory to God. Our role here on earth is that in everything that we do, we cause people to be captivated by the fact that “isn’t God good.” “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:31). We are to tell of his goodness.
Jesus transforms our purpose.
He helps develop in us a desire to tell others of his goodness and spill over what he has given us. Jesus makes us fishers of men.
“Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” - Luke 5:10
They went from being “fishers of fish” to “fishers of men”.
Take time to read Luke 5:1-11. There was flip of focus. The primary focus of their life had been altered with one boat ride with Jesus. “They pulled their boats up on shore, left everything, and followed him.” Have you allowed Jesus to shift you focus for what you purpose your life after?
Fill in the Blank: “I am a fisher of _______________”
Even though we are not all fishermen. We are all caching something. We are all casting our nets out into the big world looking for a big catch. What is it that you are after? Money, attention, a significant other, a family, promotion, a certain degree of physical fitness, or amazing grades?
All of these things are not bad. However, do you recognize that Jesus wants to get into our boats (your life) and flip your world upside down. "Taste and see" and Jesus will show you that your greatest desire and treasure is found in him alone. It’s amazing that the boat overflowed with the one thing the disciples could not get all day. Yet, In the presence of abundance of everything they ever wanted and purposed to do, they left it behind and followed Jesus. It was the realization that the giver was greater than the one thing that they had sought after all day. All the fish in the world did not compare to Jesus. All the _______________ (insert your desire) could not make you rich enough or give you lasting purpose. Wherever your treasure is, there you will build your purpose around, whatever you build your purpose around, that thing will become your master. Allow Jesus to be your treasure.
“For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also” – Matthew 6:21
Take some time with Jesus…
Picture yourself floating in a boat.
What would your heart’s desire be in that boat with you? Imagine trying to get that thing! You tried for days, months, years to get that one thing…but it just didn’t work out.
Imagine Jesus showing up and giving you that one thing in both abundance and top quality. But something in you switches in that moment. You see Jesus standing next to that thing you had pined over for so long and you can’t help it...You love him more than the thing you thought you desired the most and hoped to find purpose and meaning within.
Nothing can compare to Jesus' presence. Once you get a glimpse and experience who Jesus is...you can’t help but follow him. Can you see him? Your greatest treasure becomes Jesus himself. The ultimate gift from God the Father of freedom, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life.
Eternal purpose is birthed in your heart. We have a treasure of Jesus that we can’t help but show, tell, and bring to as many people to as possible.
The very life of Jesus makes everything else strangely dim. He is so worthy to be praised.
You can’t help but follow him…
Your delight is in the Lord of the catch and you are a fisher of men.