This morning as I lied in bed pondering whether to go to garage sales to preach the gospel or whether to stay home and have our own garage sale and preach the gospel the thought occurred to me that we are fishing for men.
My wife loves to fish for fish but I consider it work. But I love fishing for men. Why else would I be out of bed on an overcast Saturday morning at 7:30 am. It's perfect sleeping weather. The fish are out there. It's just a matter of going out and catching them (Mk 16.15). There are many similarities between fishing for fish and fishing for men. I mentioned a few of them to my wife this morning as we decided to catch the garage sales on the way to the retirement home. The retirement home is a great fishing hole I told her, explaining that some people have their fishing holes where they know they can catchem. Now that the children are out of school on summer break we can find them at the beach or the state parks with springs for swimming. They are most plentiful now and they are the kind we are fishing for because they can be taught to tell the good news easily, thus multiplying the catch. It's like using a net instead of a fishing pole.
To catch fish you have to have the right lure. I used to use a good news bracelet (See www.good-newsbracelet.org) that snagged them easily, but it took 12 seconds to tell them the good news leaving time for them to get off the hook. But recently I found the gospel according to the scriptures and it only takes three seconds to preach it after asking another if they have heard the good news (I call this the catch phrase.). The gospel that the Apostle Paul himself received and preached is - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)." We get the same results as the Apostle Paul when we preach it to another in person with our mouth as he did (Eph 6.19-20 & Col 4.3-4). The gospel lands them in the boat with ease (Rom 1.16). The boat is heaven. Christ says that no man can pluck them out of his or his Fathers hands (Jn 10.28-29). The best thing is that we catchem and God cleansem (Rom 2.4b).
I think you get my drift now (Lucky for me I have an anchor so I don't drift (Heb 6.19.). The parallels between fishing for fish and fishing for men are innumerable. Today I bought a little wall plaque at Cracker barrel restaurant that was on 70% discount ($1.20). It reads, "I'm not retired, fishing is a full-time job."
Truly, fishing for men is a full-time job. But Christ pays wages to them that reap in his harvest (Jn 4.35-36 & Mk 16.15). Now that we know what the gospel is and how to preach it we can make fishing for men the driving purpose in our lives.
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