Are you aware that Jesus uses you like a fishing net? He does! He has cast you into this world with a purpose – to catch people for Him!
Alright, I know! Jesus said to the disciples that He would make them “fishers” of men and not a fish! But how do you “catch” people? How does this “fishing” that Jesus was alluding to work? And if He refers to us (His disciples) as “fishermen” then we better know how to “fish!”
I started to think about this when the Lord said He uses me like a lure to draw others to Himself. There are people I listen to because of their relationship with the Lord. Their encounters and engagements with the Lord fascinate me and as a result my desire to know the Lord more intimately grows. Simply put, their testimonies inspire me.
Your life and your testimonies are your fishing net. A fishing net is made from rope which is knotted together. Your life is the rope and your testimonies are the knots that hold it together. And it is this “net” of yours that draws the attention and desires of others to know Jesus. This is how you go “fishing”. 😊
Never underestimate the power of your life and your testimony. Yes, people may criticize you, call you names and mock you because of your faith in Jesus, but make no mistake, they are swimming dangerously close to your net! Keep speaking and praying for your loved ones and others that need to come to Christ. Every time you do it is as if you are casting your net. Soon enough they will be caught. They may not be caught in your net (you may not be the one to lead them to Christ) but one of your colleagues fishing with you will catch them unawares! 😊
Also remember, no one in the deepest part of their hearts, the place where eternity exists, wants to go to hell. Everyone wants to go to heaven, whether they acknowledge it or not. They hear the call of the Lord from deep within them but do not understand and therefore remain unresponsive. They need the sound of our voice and the testimony of our lives to help them understand the call of the One who calls them from within eternity. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) As much as Jesus desires for all men to be saved, people also desire to be saved. (There will always be those who deliberately set themselves against the truth, but the majority of people do not.)
People struggle to come to Jesus because Satan has blinded or blocked their understanding. They understand the kingdom of darkness – the ways of this world – but when we allow our lives, our light, to penetrate through that darkness, it will connect with their understanding and they will be saved. If the whole city of Nineveh got saved by the preaching of Jonah and whole cities came to Jesus, those around you can also be saved. Just keep your fishing net mended 😊. (Jonah 3; Mark 1:33)
This is true not only of the unsaved but also for your brothers and sisters. Our lives and testimonies carry within them the power to draw others closer to the Lord. Our lives are meant to be an inspiration to each other as we journey through this world till we all meet again in the kingdom of our Father. Till we all meet, let’s continue to encourage, comfort and exhort each other in living for the Lord. Let’s grow up into all things in Him so that through us, Jesus can reconcile all things in heaven and on earth back to Himself through His cross. (Col 1:20)
Go fishing! Keep fishing! 😊
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