January 13-What a Catch

January 13-What a Catch

January 13: What a Catch


Scripture Lesson: Luke 5:4-11


Today is the birthday of Kevin Mitchell, former outfielder primarily with the Mets, Giants, and Reds. Mitchell played from the mid 1980’s to the later 1990’s, and was probably best known for a tremendous catch he made in 1989, while playing for the Giants. Mitchell, playing left field against the Cardinals, began to track a slicing line drive off the bat of Cardinals’ shortstop Ozzie Smith. Mitchell realized he had overrun the ball, but was able to reach back with his bare hand and snare the ball just before running into the wall. This catch has been among those listed as some of the greatest in baseball history.


One day, when pursued by a large crowd, Jesus asked Simon Peter to take him in his fishing boat and put out a little ways into the water near Capernaum. Jesus used the boat and the water along with the shape of the harbor to speak to the large crowd gathered to hear Him. After He finished speaking, Jesus told Peter to let down the nets. Even though Peter and his partners had fished all night with no luck, he agreed to give it a try – and the amount of fish they caught almost sunk two boats. Jesus then told the four fishermen not to be afraid, that they were doing a different kind of fishing from then on. Instead of fish, they would be catching men. Talk about a great catch …. the fishers of fish now became fishers of men. The same call extends to us today … it is time to go fishing and catch men, women, boys and girls for the Kingdom of God!

  1. Have you ever caught a fish? How did it feel?

  2. Have you ever “caught” someone for the Kingdom of God? How did that feel?

  3. When is the last time you went “fishing” for God?

Kevin Mitchell’s catch was a great one, but it cannot hold a candle to bringing someone in for the Kingdom of God. Today let’s make it a priority to share the good news of Jesus Christ and do some fishing for the Kingdom!





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