“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.”
“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
“At once they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-20 NIV
Peter and Andrew were called into discipleship at a moments notice; they were asked to serve, teach, promote, and live a gospel that would change the world. The seemingly simple act of accepting Jesus’ invitation to become a part of his ministry launched them into a whirlwind of religious controversy that would reverberate throughout the ages.
Guess what? Teenage Christians are being called into the same twister Peter and Andrew stepped into. The world is searching for the new disciples, the next breed of revolutionaries to make sure the general masses hear the message that God does not want his children wandering around lost in the desert. Today’s Christian teens need to flood YouTube ™, Facebook, and MySpace ™ with the wisdom of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Teens with faith need to write “Letters to the Editor”, speak up when people are mistreated, and volunteer (through nonprofit groups) to make the world a better place.
Today’s Christian teens are so important to the ministry because their financial, political, and social influence has never been so strong. Teenagers understand today’s mediums better than at anytime in history. Today’s teens are the most technologically advanced in history, mainly because of their ability to adapt to ever-changing improvements in computers and communication systems. So, it is these teens that have embraced a life with absolutes, purpose, and a clear destination who must begin fishing for souls swimming in a polluted sea.
Teenagers and adults who don’t know Christ as their personal savior need someone to cast out that net of hope. Seeing how the Internet is one of the greatest resources for people to find out more about Jesus and his ministry, I found it ironic that those of us spreading the good news are doing it with a different kind of net, but nevertheless, a net. Peter and Andrew brought change to the world with their discipleship and their hard work. Christian teens are poised and capable of matching their work. Is today a good day to go fishing?