Let’s Quit Talking about It and let’s Fish!

IMG_2453Fishing along the Little Salmon River was incredibly invigorating to say the least. I remember there were days growing up that my father would intentional get off work early and grab me to go down to the river and fish before dust. He seemed to know the right seasons and days that the fish would be biting the best. Thinking back I honestly have to say that those times of fishing were some my most joy filled memories.

Jesus told his disciples that if they would follow Him, He would make them fishers of men. Since Jesus was speaking to men that were professional fishermen it struck home. Jesus was connecting with them through their way of life and how they made a living. We read in Luke 5:6-7 where it says “…they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking“. The disciples after having a bad day of fishing in which they had not even


God wants to turn our vocation into our motivation for winning souls for the kingdom of God. (tweet)


 

caught anything, heeded to Jesus’ direction and went back out to fish again. The result was a net breaking catch. They went from catching nothing to catching so many fish that they needed help getting all of them to shore.

There is a saying that says, “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at the office”. If that’s true then we should be constantly fishing. My grandmother always kept her tackle box, a chair and a fishing pole in her car trunk. Why? Because she wanted to be ready at any opportunity to fish that might arise along her daily journey. The scripture tells us in 2 Tim 4:2 to be ready at any season to share the gospel. God wants to turn our vocation into our motivation for winning souls for the kingdom of God.

I am so tired of talking about it, preaching about it, going to seminars about it. It’s time to get the right bait on the hook and get to fishing. Unless you have your hook in the water you can’t catch any fish. I don’t care what our excuse might be, the bottom line is that fish don’t just jump into your boat. You must fish for them! There are seasons that


If we listen to His word and be attentive to his nudging we will be effective fishers of men.   (tweet)


fish will bite better than at other times, such as when the climate conditions are just right or the fish are in their spawning season. A smart fisherman will watch for these times and be ready to throw their line in when they come around. God wants to turn our bad day of fishing into a net breaking, boat sinking day of fishing.

If we listen to His word and be attentive to his nudging we will be effective fishers of men. Just as we see in Acts 8:26-37, where Philip joined himself with the Ethiopian eunuch and shares the message of the Gospel. It says, “the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him…Then Philip opened his mouth, …preached Jesus to him.” The opportunity presented itself before Philip and it was a natural response to fish for the souls of men. History would suggest that this was most likely the beginning seed to a great revival in Ethiopia.

We are called to fish for men and women that don’t now Jesus as savior. I Cor 5:20 says we are His representative. The time is now! Let’s quit talking about fishing for souls and just go fish!

 

 

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