“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” — Matthew 4:19
I have a few friends who are avid fishermen. What zeal! What persistence! What careful methods they employ! The truth is, I am one. Oh, that we might show similar enthusiasm and care for men and women who need Christ.
A Sunday school teacher was telling her pupils the story of Andrew and Simon, recounting the Lord’s command to follow Him and become fishers of men. Hoping to impress the story deep in their hearts, she asked, “Who catches men nowadays?” One boy blurted out, “Policemen.”
The teacher was quick to point out the difference between officers of the law and soul-winners. She said, “Policemen catch people to bring them before a judge. But soul-winners catch sinners to bring them before the Savior.”
Of course, we don’t “catch” people for Christ like a fisherman catches fish. But we can so live and speak that people will be attracted to the Lord we serve. Some people will accept the message we share with them. Others will reject Christ. But no matter how others respond, we must speak as men and women sent from God (2 Corinthians 2:17).
As Christians, we were drawn to Christ because someone told us about Him. Now we must tell others. Let’s go fishing! Something’s fishy if we aren’t fishing for men!