I love how Jesus uses analogies and parables that are directly pertinent to what he is dealing with at the time, to make his point. For those who have memorized popular statements from Jesus, though they are still very powerful on their own, may not understand how artfully Jesus was able to craft his words if we take them out of context. A good example was when he spoke to Peter, James and John after performing the miracle of the large catch of fish. He said these words in Luke chapter 5 verses 10 and 11:
“Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.’ So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
I don’t have to tell you that the metaphor of “fishing for people” was spot on. Not only did it harken to their fishing trade and the fishing miracle they just experienced, it is a perfect analogy for what we do when we share about Jesus to the lost. We are, indeed, “fishing” for them. The bait is the truth of the promise of salvation through Christ alone. And every time we share about him, we hope and pray that our listeners will bite, and in effect become hooked to the point of giving their lives to Jesus. My question to you is, “are you fishing”? For you to play a part in the Spirit’s plan to win souls for Christ, you might have to be proactive. You might have to go out into deep waters, cast the word toward unassuming prey, and exercise patience with those who are considering what Christ is offering. But the first step is being willing to fish.
25 years ago, God gave us the ministry of KTF Productions. And with projects like this one, I always hope and pray that as we cast our nets with every segment shared, that God may reap some harvest from the effort. God gave us this ministry to fish for men. And though we are not all called to evangelistic ministry, we are all called to be fishers of men even if only on a one-on-one, face-to-face basis. It isn’t about how may God brings to himself through you, it is about being willing, listening to the Spirit, looking for open doors and opportunities, and obeying. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to become fishers of men. Pray to God and ask him how he wants to use you to bring others to him.