"Next Steps"Stuart JonesSome fishermen are anglers. They fish with a pole and very carefully select lures to entice just the right type of fish. They go to special places to enhance their chance to catch exactly what they want. An angler isn’t looking for all fish; rather the angler wants only certain types of fish. In contrast to the angler is the net fisherman. The net fisherman casts out a net and scoops up whatever swims into it and hauls them all in. Simon was a net fisherman and on one particular day had not been very successful. Jesus came to the lake that day and told Simon to “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” And Simon’s answer was “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:4-5) Simon’s nets were filled and so his boat and then another boat was filled with the catch – filled to the point of sinking. The Bible doesn’t tell us what type of fish filled those nets; likely it was a variety of fish. Net fishermen collect many types, all kinds of fish unlike the fussy angler. Jesus gave instructions to Simon and his partners when they returned to shore – “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” And after that, “they pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything and followed him.” (Luke 5:10-11) We too need to be net fishermen . . . for men, taking them all in!