Thought for The Day – Tuesday 22nd March

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The Parable of the Casting of Drawing in the Net

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:47-50

Fishing with a rod is very different to fishing with a net. A rod targets one specific fish: you pick your bait and your position carefully to target just one. A net on the other hand scoops up everything: the fish you want, the fish you don’t want, stray plastic bags, anything that is in the net’s way. Rod fishing is measured in inches, the size of your biggest catch, while net fishing is measured in kilos, the overall size of the haul.

Jesus didn’t want his Church to be a closed group of only the select few who understood the message completely, he wanted the doors to be opened wide. That does bring a risk, there will be people in there who don’t get it or who even have bad motives. But that’s the risk we take in being an inclusive community.

There may come a time when there is a reckoning, when there is a separation of people. But that is not our job. As Billy Graham said, “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.”

Prayer: Generous God, help me to cast a wide net. Help me to share your love and light with a wide range of people. Remind me that judgement is your business, mines is to share and to love.

Action: Think about how you could cast your net a little wider. Is there someone you could reach out to who you normally wouldn’t think of?

 

This Thought was written by David Moodie

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