Jesus Invites YOU to Go Fishing!
Wednesday, July, 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM | by asmith
Jesus met Peter and Andrew on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and invited them to “Come and follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Zebedee’s sons caught lots of fish and transferred them from life to death. Jesus then invited His new allies to catch people out of death into eternal life!
Jesus invites YOU to pursue His purpose. Legions of hell-bound people are spiritually dead. God reveals, “You are dead in your trespasses and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1) Jesus made it crystal clear: There is a real Heaven to gain and a real Hell to miss. Your eternal destiny hinges on receiving or rejecting Jesus Christ. “He who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come into judgment, but has passed out of death and into life.” (John 5:24)
Consequently, our top job is sharing Christ with our world!
The Lord’s analogy of fishing for people connects with me because I grew up fishing. I caught fish with a cane pole, a Zebco 33, trotlines, throw lines, nets, and fancy boats. Fishermen are usually creative and consistent, and those qualities assist you in catching people for Christ.
1. Fishermen are creative. An angler will try many types of bait to hook a fish. So, our job is to function as bait and attract people to Christ. The great angler for souls, the Apostle Paul taught, “To the Jew I became like a Jew to win the Jews. To the weak, I became weak to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might win some.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-22) Paul intentionally connected to all types of people in order to construct a relationship bridge between his heart and theirs to facilitate Christ entering the life of a new friend. We must move beyond our circle of Christian friends and connect to the pagan pool. Intentionally connect with people who do not know Jesus. Use work, educational endeavors, and recreational pursuits to intentionally build a relationship in order to share the Gospel with new friends. Jesus intentionally connected to a woman at the water well in Samaria. He creatively hooked her attention and skillfully guided her to embrace Him as her Savior and Lord. (John 4) Philip the evangelist connected with an Ethiopian. Philip helped a government official connect to Christ as his Savior and that new convert imported the Gospel to Africa (Acts 8). Our job is to be on Soul Patrol. Learn to look for people who are looking for Jesus.
2. Fishermen are consistent. The last order Jesus issued to His disciples was a command to stay focused on fishing. “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do what I have taught you, and I will be with you to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Jesus commands us to passionately pursue His purpose. We are not called to be keepers of an aquarium, but fishers of men! As you consistently fish for people, use the power of your story. Articulate with simplicity and clarity how Christ caught you. Then, consistently share a Gospel brochure with the people you meet. Lost-people are more eager to hear the Gospel than saved-people are to share the Gospel.
Since Jesus has called YOU to be a fisher of men, let me ask you: Have you caught any lately? One day, when you arrive in Heaven, can you imagine Jesus welcoming you home by saying, “Well done, my faithful servant. Because you fished for people, others are here! Do you want to meet them?” The legendary missionary Amy Carmichael observed, “We have all eternity to celebrate our spiritual victories, but we only have a few moments before sundown to win them.” Let’s make a massive difference on earth and meet a grateful community in Heaven because we creatively, consistently, passionately and urgently fished for People!