Friday, October 15, 2010

Fishing Stories

I spent a good amount of time fishing on this trip.  Each and ever day I take my rod, reel, tackle box, bait, and some brothers-in-law and we walk down to the beach and fish.  One brother-in-law seems to have the gift this trip as he has caught a nice flounder, sand shark, a few small blues, and a spot.  Another has caught a blue.  Me and one other have so far caught nothing.  As they say though, a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.  And despite the frustration in not catching anything, it was nice to just hang out with my feet in the water hoping for a bite. 

Fishing is like that.  Sometimes you catch a lot, sometimes nothing.  Sometimes you catch keepers, sometimes you catch bait.  But a fisherman is faithful to go out and try and try again each time hoping for that trophy catch. 

When Jesus called Peter and Andrew he told them that they would be fishers of men.  How true is that for all of our lives as we have all been called to share the Gospel.  We are called to be witnesses to our Lord through our lives and our words.  We are to always be ready to share and rely on the faith that when presented with an opportunity to share, that Jesus will give us the words.  What is important is nor our abilities.  Even Moses was not a good speaker by his own admission, yet he did great things.  What is important is our faithfulness. 

I know that faithfulness is sometimes hard.  I am sure all of us have someone we hold dear in our lives who does now know the Lord and no matter what we say or do it does not seem to be able to get through. They are our trophy fish.  We also have others we come in contact every day whether they be associates or strangers or coworkers or acquaintances.  We need to be fishing for those as well.  A fisherman is faithful to fish.  A Christian needs to be faithful to share. 

So do not be discouraged by your elusive trophy fish and do not get frustrated that your witness falls on deaf ears.  Even Jesus had the same problem.  The thing is though you will never catch your trophy is you stop fishing for it.  You will never catch anything if you stop fishing altogether.  Be diligent and faithful and know that what you are doing is planting seeds that God can make grow.  Take heart in that if through all your efforts you save but one soul, that is not only one more soul in Heaven but who knows how many more through that person's testimony. 

There was once a young boy on some Sunday who went to church.  The pastor was snowed in and was unable to attend and at some point a member of that church got up so as to preach.  This person was uneducated and his sermon was really not all that good.  This man, after his brief sermon looked at the young boy and addressed him directly saying, "Young man, look to Christ.  Look! Look! Look! You have nothing to do but look and live!"  On that snowy Sunday morning in a small poorly attended church with a poorly delivered poor sermon, a young man was saved.  That young man was Charles Spurgeon.  We know now what God can do with our faithfulness.  Keep fishing!
For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"  Romans 10:13-15 NKJV

1 comment:

  1. "We know now what God can do with our faithfulness." A great line, Ben, and an inspiring message. Thanks.