I’ve never been fishing but I don’t think I would be a fan. For starters, large bodies of water scare me because of what’s lurking in them. Second, fish are scaly and weird-looking and the thought of eating one grosses me out. Third, it requires a lot of waiting and doing nothing, which I am not so keen on. Even the thought of fishing with a net, which requires no waiting and almost assures that you’ll get something, is still not appealing.
I am obviously no fisherman, yet I am called to be a fisher of men. On Sunday Josh preached about how Jesus fished with a drag net which catches everything in its path. What fascinated me was that no one can fish with a drag net alone, as it requires two people to hold opposite ends. Hearing that just reinforced the importance of being a part of a church community – not just sitting through Sundays, but to really be connected to other believers.
When I first started coming to Immanuel, I had a hunger for God. Then I became a fish caught up in the net my friend had casted over me. Although for some time before that point I was a believer who tried to walk with God alone, it wasn’t until after I got connected with a small group and people actively seeking God that I realized what I was missing out on. When you are connected with other believers you benefit from each other. Small groups help keep each other accountable, support one another in our faith, and encourage and help each other to become more like Christ. When one falls others are there to pick them up. In community we help each other to see more clearly who God is and what He’s doing in our lives. One of the greatest things I love about the church is seeing godly character lived out in others, seeing what it looks like to be a fisher of men.
I hate to admit it but I think it’s true of most of us – we’re most likely to sin when we are not walking with other believers. Living for Christ is not easy and cannot be done alone. When you are in fellowship with others trying to do the same, it makes life a little less heavy. Because of the connections I’ve made, I am walking closer to God than ever before. I am not saying my walk is perfect because it’s certainly not. I struggle and fall all the time and I know I need to work on being a net. Thankfully God has provided in His Kingdom living, breathing examples of what being a net looks like so I can strive to do the same.
Katrina McElvain is the daughter of Trisha, and oldest of her siblings, Grace and JP. She loves spending time with family and friends, watching movies, dancing, and writing. She teaches dance at night and is a teacher’s aide by day. She also loves Immanuel and listening to the sermons every Sunday morning.