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May 2, 2019


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

When Jesus first found Peter and his brother Andrew, they were fishing. It was not uncommon for fisherman in those days to have been school dropouts, so they had likely been fishing for several years at this point. It was the life they knew and they were likely good at it. They knew the tendencies of the fish they sought to catch and the bait with which to entice them. They knew what equipment they needed and what strategies to employ.

Peter and Andrew were intentional and serious about their fishing. So when Jesus told them He would lead them to "fish for people," they had a foundation for understanding what He meant.

Those who follow Christ are expected to be intentional about helping others follow Christ. As my pastor says, "Found people, find people."  We are called to get to know those we are attempting to bring to the Father. This is usually done best through authentic relationships (1 Corinthians 9:19). As we learn their stories and what goals they pursue, along with the fears that hinder them, we will earn the right to be heard and know better how to lead them. We are expected to model a life fully committed to Christ and display the fruits of the Spirit and be ready to respond with any questions they might have about the Christian life (1 Peter 3:15). 

We are to understand the Gospel ourselves and be students of God's Word in order to use it as a tool to point people to Christ (1 Timothy 2:15). As Christ followers, we should all be developing these skills in order to lead others to Christ, but sadly, as Paul Harvey once said, “Too many Christians are no longer fishers of men, but the keepers of the aquarium.”

Question: How intentional are you at fishing for people? How are you learning to develop your skills in fishing for people?

Challenge: Read a good book on evangelism, such as "The Master Plan of Evangelism."

Prayer: Show me, Father, how to be an effective soul winner for You.

Chris Hail, Chapel Leader -- Jackson Generals

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