What do you notice in this clip? I see a contrast between something that matters and something that doesn’t. The fish is eaten and then forgotten about. However, it acts as a bridge to something greater: a relationship between the boy and the dragon. The fish is part of the story, but it is not the focus. It reminds me of another story involving fish…
There is an amazing historical account of Jesus calling His first disciples found in Luke 5:1-11. In it, He gets into the boat with some fishermen and tells them to cast their nets for a catch. Although they had been fishing all night and caught nothing, they do as Jesus says and catch so many fish their nets begin to tear! In humility, Peter falls at the feet of Jesus and claims to be a sinful man, not worthy to be in His presence. But Jesus says to him, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you will be catching people!” And that is exactly what the disciples do. They leave everything behind and follow Jesus, devoting their lives to investing in the souls of other people.
Do you see the contrast? Although the miracle catch of fish is part of the story, it is a bridge to something greater: A relationship with Jesus and a call to invest in people. In our materialistic culture, I think most of us are more concerned with the “Big Catch” than the “Big Call.” We think, “Wow, think of the amazing business they could have had!” But the fish are not the point of this story. They were there one day and gone the next, but the impact the disciples had on the souls of people would last for all eternity.
As I read the history of the first disciples, I can’t help but ask myself “What are you investing your life in? Fish or People? The Big Catch or the Big Call?” Fish for us can be anything that is here today and gone tomorrow. Sports, food, money, cars, phones. What is it for you? All these things, if they are not being used as a bridge to either loving God or loving people (Matt 22:37-40) are a waste of our investment. One day all of this will either be destroyed or recreated (Rev21:1) but people are a lasting investment. Let’s choose today to invest our lives in the things that matter.