Saturday, May 3, 2014

Gone Fishing

Now that Jesus has raised from the dead and given uspower to become like Him, what do you suppose God’s next move is going to be? I think He wants to take us fishing. Now, God doesn’t fish in the same old way we do. He fishes for all kinds of people. He doesn’t care about where He has to go to catch one, how big it is or what it looks like when He pulls it up. All God wants to know is whether His catch will love and serve Him through His Son Jesus.

So what kind of equipment does He use, you may ask?

God uses a variety of poles and all of them resemble you and me. Me, a pole of God’s? Yes, all God’s children are potential fishing poles. He likes to big game fish in the ocean with a heavy-duty rod and reel just as much as He likes to sit at the edge of a secluded lake with a homemade cane pole. The goal is still the same…to catch what is hungry in the area.

Hook? The knowledge of the freedom anyone can have through the mercy, grace, and righteousness found in Christ. He uses our passion for proclamation to throw out the bait for everyone to hear.

Bait? God keeps everything organized in His tackle box. He has collected an assortment of abilities to fit each situation just in case one doesn’t work out. He uses abilities through the actions and attitudes of love joy, peace, patience, and kindness for some and then others need to see gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. Sometimes, he will throw out prophetic words to disturb the waters or create some interest.

The line? Our faith added to His.

What about the float or bobber? That would be the Holy Spirit’s job to alert the fisherman of the possibilities ahead.

How long will God stay at a fishing spot? He will stay as long as it takes Him to catch the apple of his eye. He’s never pushed for time like we are. God’s remarkable love for all the ‘whosoevers’ have brought out the very essence of what a true patient fisherman is.

Hey! God wants to know, if YOU are interested in going fishing with Him sometime? He goes everyday. He likes a simple catch but he believes the bigger the challenge, the greater the glory when the victories are finally told. Go ahead…grab your bait and see what he’ll catch with you today.

"Come, follow me," Jesus said,
 "and I will send you out to fish for people." 
Matthew 4:19 (NIV)