(NOTE: This is the second in a series of posts on "Walking like Jesus". In the first post, I discussed the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount.)
Matthew tells us:
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. - Matthew 4:18-22
The picture at the top of the post is of the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Jesus walked here.
What lesson can we learn from Jesus at this location? We can learn that we should look for potential in others.
Fishing is a noble profession. Every time I pick up some fish from the meat market, I am glad that there are professional fisherman in this world.
As Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and saw these four men, he recognized the potential in them. Even though they had a wonderful profession, there was even more that they could do.
It is not enough, however, to just recognize the potential. Jesus also had to reach out to them and encourage them to do the work that He had for them to do.
How do you look at others? When you look at others, do you look for potential in them? I believe that everyone has the potential to help spread God's Word. Maybe everyone is not a public speaker. That is okay. There are plenty of other jobs that need to be done. Maybe we need to be looking for people that can say a comforting word to someone who needs it. So, look for potential in others to help spread God's Word. Then, just like Jesus did, ask them to get involved.
If you do this, you will be walking like Jesus.