Matthew 4:18-20 (ESV) While walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
I always heard the phrase “fishers of men,” but it was not until recently that I learned what it meant on a deeper level. As I was reading Matthew 4:18-20, I began to ponder what fishing is like (nowadays). A person attaches bait to the fishing line, finds a place to sit, and casts out his line. Then, he waits in hopes that a fish bites the bait. You see, there is a process to catching a fish, just like there is a process of leading others to Christ.
Step 1: You gotta have the right bait: Bait can be equivalent to testimony or teaching. When a person gives off negativity and is unloving, they give off bad bait. But, when someone is loving and clearly living out the Gospel, that bait is attractive to others and people are drawn in by the light.
Step 2: Waiting for the Fish to Bite: It can be hard when you have a desire for someone to understand salvation, but push them away by approach. Our hearts’ can be in the right place, but our actions can be pushy. As a Christian, it is important to cast out your line of faith and wait. During that waiting, pray. Ask God to do a work on your friends or family. Pray that they will receive eternal life in Heaven.
Step 3: Reel in the Fish: When person is finally ready to “bite the bait,” they are excited to receive salvation. This is your chance to assist them in coming to God. You pull them in close and are there for them. And then, you praise Jesus that He let you be apart of the process.
Now, for anyone that might say fishing is a terrible analogy because it is about killing a fish. Let’s just say that the fish got yummy bait, but it came at a cost and pain (like following God is hard), but then after being hooked, the fish was set free. 🙂
Without going too far, I will stop here with the analogy… haha! My questions to you include: Are you using the correct bait? Are you waiting for others to respond to the Gospel? And are you prepared to walk with someone as they begin their journey with Christ? May we all go and be fishers of men today and every day of our lives!