I’m amused by the story I read some time ago of the boy who was fishing on a stream when a group of teenagers arrived on the scene with their new rods and reels and fancy flies. They thrashed the water as they joked and laughed casting and reeling in repeatedly, but catching nothing. The young boy sat intently watching the tip of his tree-branch pole. Every so often he pulled up a fish. Finally one of the teenagers shouted, “How do you do it? We’ve got special flies and new rods and reels but aren’t catching anything!” The boy looked up long enough to reply, “I’m fishing for fish. You’re fishing for fun.”
At least four of Christ’s disciples were fishermen. They knew that it took their full attention and energies to catch fish. Therefore, when Christ commanded them to leave their nets and “catch men,” they realized it would demand their all. If you’re reading this and have accepted Christ as Savior that’s how you should view your part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Making Christ known is not an optional pastime for the excitement it may bring or the stories you can tell of souls won. It is serious business, requiring prayer, courage, sacrifice, perseverance, and single-minded purpose on our part. As believers in Christ we should all be fishing for lost people.
Four starving lepers, in quarantine outside Jerusalem, decided to surrender to the enemy soldiers who were besieging the city (2 Kings 7:3-4). However, they found the Syrian camp empty of men and full of provisions, evidence of a terror-stricken flight. They ate to their fill and stashed away gold, silver, and clothing. But then feelings of guilt mixed with fear of punishment moved them to share the good news with the hungry people in Jerusalem. If you think about it, sharing helpful and encouraging information is something in which we usually find delight. We enjoy telling a person who is ill about a doctor who successfully treated someone for the same ailment. We eagerly let others know about a mechanic we have found who is skilled and honest.
However, many of us are less eager to share the best news in the entire world with others – that Christ can satisfy their spiritual hunger. Jesus commanded us to do so (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8), and He will hold us accountable for our obedience to Him when we stand before Him (2 Corinthians 5:10). Thus, our mission as His followers is to be messengers who “preach the gospel of peace”, telling others about the Savior, Jesus Christ. There is no more worthy mission, for “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved”. So, my brethren are you:
(1) Doing your part in fulfilling this mission?
(2) Telling others about Christ and the living water He gives freely?
(3) Giving out tracts? and
(4) Inviting friends and neighbors to church?
There’s no better news than the Gospel – spread the Word.