Today, as we go to church, enjoy our day of rest and spend time with friends and family, a group of men are busy on Grand Lake in Tulsa, Oklahoma, trying to rise to the top of their professional career for the year by winning the largest share of $500,000 in prize money as champion of the BASSMaster Classic. For fishermen, the dream of doing that is kind of like being named MVP of the Super Bowl in football.
Ever wonder when the first recorded story of fishing for money was? I think I know. In the Bible, Jesus was teaching his disciples when they were approached about paying the Temple Tax. Wondering whether they should pay or not, they asked Jesus and he instructed Peter:
“But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” – Matthew 17:27
Jesus summarized his life as one who came to serve, not to be served. In this instance, rather than cause an untimely stir over the temple tax, he simply supplied a miracle that took care of the situation. It showed his power and authority while still allowing the focus to be on service and supplying needs.
Is there somebody you need to help serve today? A need that you can meet? Are you looking? I think it’s an important part of our daily lives. I hope you do, too. It’s a whole lot more important than fishing!