Fishing for People

John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

John 17:18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 Christ gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Principle number 1 seems rather obvious but many Christian’s have totally missed it. If you want to catch fish you have to fish, have your line in the water, paying attention, working at it, and learn the skill of fishing by learning from others.

Principle number 2. Fish don’t want to get caught. They like it in the river swimming up to their spawning grounds. They are wary, spooky, and anything out of the ordinary and normal pushes them away from what we are offering them. I use leader that is the same color as the water, small corkies and hooks, I try and make my drift the same speed as the water. I always wash my hands using sand or silt from the river as soap. And if I spook one, I don’t get upset at the fish, I get upset at myself.

Lost people don’t really realize that they are headed for an eternal place of torment and agony. They have no concept of being lost, and most often they reject our offer to share the gospel with them. In fishing for salmon presentation is very important, in our attempts at reaching lost people with the gospel, presentation is very important as well. Some Christians naively say, “just share the Word and let God do the rest.” Farmers who don’t learn and practice good principles and techniques of farming go broke, and Christians who don’t learn how to make the gospel clear and compelling will lead very few lost people to eternity in heaven.

I have read many books on how to effectively share the gospel. I have watched hours of You Tube and videos on live presentations that have gone poorly and successfully. I have written and memorized dozens of two minute stories that act as an attractant, getting people’s attention so that I can transition into the story of my faith in Jesus. When I think I have gotten their interest and that they are open to hearing the gospel I always ask permission, “Could I share with you why I am positive that I am going to live forever in heaven when I die?” Even with my most persuasive introduction, stories, and presentations most say “no.”

So, I work on the skill of being an ambassador for Jesus even more. I want to be a very successful fisher of people for Jesus.

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