For those of you who don’t know- I have 6 kids… the oldest and youngest are just over eight years apart. Yes, they are very close in age. When our older two boys were younger, my husband and I loved taking them fishing with us. At least once or twice a week, once my husband came home from work, we would grab the poles and go fishing. However, as soon as that third line went in the water… we were done. It was so hard to keep three hooks baited and untangled and regularly casted out far enough. Plus, once that third line went out, we also had two babies…
It just stopped being our hobby… not the right season of our lives, I guess.
Fast forward five years and a nice man from church (Mike) invited our family out to go fishing on his boat at a local lake. Mike told my husband don’t worry about the poles, bait, lunch, or anything. It would just be easier if he provided all that.
So, here we were, a family of 8, taking the boat out to go fishing with poles that weren’t ours, bait we didn’t provide, and a boat that belonged to the guy taking us fishing. Not only that, but Mike also knew all the best spots to fish.
Every one of my kids caught multiple fish. They were overjoyed.
Once they caught the fish, they would pose for a picture, and Mike would take the fish and put it in special spot on the boat for keepers.
That night we went home. Mike cleaned the fish and ate them for dinner the next night.
Keep this picture in your mind about Mike because Christians are called to be fishers too, but Fishers of Men.
In a lot of ways evangelism is like Mike taking our family fishing. The Holy Spirit provides the boat, poles, bait, and line. All we have to do is follow Him to those spots where the fish might bite.
And here’s even better news. Our job is just to catch those fish, not clean them. Share the Good News:
God created a perfect world on purpose for purpose. When He created man, He created him in His own image and gave man the choice to love him back. Sadly, man chose to sin.
The result was a curse on the land, separation from God, and a life long battle with sin.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
God being a just God demands punishment for sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins.
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
That’s it guys! That’s the Gospel! If you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, His blood covers your sins!
I know what you are thinking- Evangelism…God didn’t create me that way. Well, you are wrong. God created you to glorify Him and be obedient to His will. Jesus told His disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).” Yes, He told His disciples this, but He also told them to teach others to do the same. We are those others. This is a command for all Christians. We are to be His witnesses!
Ok, Renee BUT what about this sin? Or that sin?
All sin and fall short of the glory of God! You. Me. Every single one of us. We literally have the cure (Jesus) to a sickness (sin). Why would you keep that cure to yourself?
Remember- It is NOT your job to clean the fish. It’s your job to go fishing. And if the fish says no thanks, the fish didn’t reject you, the fish rejected God. All you can do is be obedient and plant those seeds of faith. Let the Holy Spirit do what the Holy Spirt does- lead, teach, and convict.
The harvest is plentiful.
The workers are few.
What’s stopping you?