:: Take 3 ::
Fishers of Men
Today I want to share a story about some people who called themselves fishermen.
Year after year, these people who called themselves fishermen held meetings. They were convinced about their calling to be fishermen, and clearly defined that fishing is always the primary task of fishermen.
They built large, beautiful buildings for their "Fishing Headquarters," and built large schools for teaching fishermen how to fish. They appealed to everyone to become fishermen. They conducted huge "Fisherman's Campaigns." They went around the world to discuss fishing and learn new ways to fish.
There was only one thing they did not do. They didn't fish. Ever. Many who felt the call to be fishermen responded. They were commissioned and sent to fish. But like the fishermen back home, they didn't fish.
Many of the fishermen gladly made personal sacrifices, because they were following the One, who said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men"?
They were hurt when someone suggested that those who don't catch fish were not really fishermen. Someone asked, “Can people who never catch fish really claim to be fishermen? Are you really following, if you're not fishing?”
What is our excuse? We're out in the waters of human suffering every day, seemingly oblivious to the need. It’s not about being more aggressive in sharing our faith. It’s that we should be more sensitive to souls around us, more sensitive to the subtle prodding of the Holy Spirit. These two sensitivities are wonderfully intertwined. Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit means that we will be more sensitive to people and their pain; being more sensitive to people will make us more open to God and His purpose.
Please join me in fishing for the lost here on Skid Row. Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Please join us as a fishing partner!
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Willie Jordan (Mrs. Fred Jordan)
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