Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-20)
I had an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone yesterday! I can always give out iVite cards, they’re easy. But opportunities to actually walk through the story of man’s rebellion and God’s love and grace, aren’t always as easy to present. Let’s face it, people are busy, and, at least my experience has been that they’re not as open to hearing the message as they once were.
Of course, that shouldn’t stop our trying. To use Jesus’ fishing analogy, when we understand that it is our calling to join God in His redemptive work, we just look for opportunities to cast a line into the water. Sometimes nothing is biting. Sometimes we might get a nibble. And sometimes we get to catch one!
As I have told you many times, salvation is God’s business. Our business is to just keep fishing. It might be by handing someone an iVite and telling them you’d love to have them come and experience Cross Culture for themselves. It might just be a quick word about how God has changed your life, and the peace and purpose He has brought to your life. (You are experiencing His peace and purpose, aren’t you?) Or, it might be a chance, as I had yesterday, to walk someone through the amazing story of Jesus.
By the way, the person I talked with didn’t accept Christ yesterday. I have an ongoing relationship with this person, so by God’s grace there will be other opportunities, because “catching” is God’s business, not mine, but I still like to be in on it sometimes!
Let me encourage you get into the habit of asking God each morning to give you opportunities to go fishing for Him today. The more we desire to see people come to Christ, and the more disciplined we are to keep throwing a line out, the more we will see God change lives.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered and said, ‘Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:4-7)
Sometimes we may get tired of not catching, and may want to just rest, as Simon Peter did, but obedience to God’s desire keeps us going, and will allow us to see miraculous things. I really believe that. So, keep fishing Cross Culture and we will see our nets filled up!
Dr. J. Clay Stevens is Lead Pastor of Cross Culture Church in Raleigh, NC. He is author of the book I Get It! Discovering How To Really live In The Promises Of God. His life mission statement is: "To take people from where they are to where God wants them to be."