You won’t believe this any more than I do, but I just experienced the Lord laughing at me while I was at breakfast. I was watching the Hart’s on TV while I was eating and Max was just bragging about the big fish he had caught. I thought it was pretty funny until the Lord informed me that catching a big fish wasn’t as easy as it is made out to be. He told me that sometimes it almost doesn’t seem to be worth the effort, but He had told His Father that He would give it His best shot.
After I responded by thinking at first that I was surely losing my mind, I jogged off to the computer and said “okay, I will give it a try”. I never thought of myself as a fisherman, but I clearly remember the scripture recorded in the book of Matthew – Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men (4:19). I know in the busyness (I think I just made that word up) of life that most of us rarely take the time off to think about fishing, but maybe we should. Every believer needs to be reminded at times what life is really all about. Jesus did His very best to show us because as we all know we, as people, often have to be literally shown things before we will believe them and act upon them.
I guess you could wonder why Jesus used fishing to make His point, but then fishing is not always an easy job. You have to select the right lure (a scripture) and then you have to throw out your line (at the appropriate time and place) and hope for a catch (someone who just might hear you and hopefully respond). And then to top it off you have to consider that if you do catch something you will have to stop what you are doing and clean it before it starts to smell (explain what you were doing in the first place and hope to get the response God desires). Gee, it would be easier just not to fish at all.
Therein lies the problem. When God called his disciples to be “fishers of men” He didn’t expect it to be easy, but He did expect it to be fruitful. That is not something I just think sounds good, it is actually what we are told throughout God’s Word. Obviously it was important enough to be repeated many times: Matthew tells us Even so, every good tree bears good fruit…every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire (7:17&19); John adds these words -
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples (15:8) and You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you (15:16); and Paul told the Colossian Christians that the Apostles prayed for them without ceasing that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10).
I guess it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that living out your faith is what the Lord intends not only for each of us as individuals, but He also expects us to be a source of the Word He died for. Can we stop long enough in our predetermined list of things to be accomplished to give Him the time He justly deserves? He gave us all He had to give and more than we deserve because He truly wanted us to not only believe but to know as we walk this earth that His presence is with us always. He knows every tear we shed, every laugh we enjoy as well as the love we share when things are going so very well that we can hardly contain our joy. Surely we can repay Him by making the effort to share with each other as well as all His children the love He so freely gave when He came to this earth to live and die in order that we might live forever with Him.
The church is a community of the works and words of Jesus.
- Donald English v