Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
I wonder what Jesus meant by “seek?” What did that look like as He lived His life, and how does it apply to us as we follow Him as His disciples?” It is my humble opinion as I have observed people as a pastor for almost 50 years that most Christians’s pursuit of lost people is a step below casual.
In Alaska, I was obsessed with catching sockeye salmon. I fished a lot sometimes only sleeping a couple of hours between trips to the river, and when it was going to be just a couple of hours I would sleep in a chair with my waders on so as not to waste good fishing time putting and taking off cloths.
One of my fishing principles is when I haven’t caught a fish in 15 minutes of fishing I change something. Sometimes it is the size of my hook or corkie, or color or number of corkies, or the size of my weight. Most often it is the speed that I retrieve or where I start my drift. If someone around me is catching fish regularly I watch them and try and figure out what they are doing because I know it isn’t dumb fisherman’s luck.
It is interesting to note some simple things that create interest and opportunities to talk to people. I was fishing in Alaska on a metal walk way that was built out over the river to keep people from tearing up the banks of the river. There were quite a few people fishing on it, probably someone about every six feet. I started singing, “Jesus loves me more than George!” George is a friend who was fishing nearby. Another fisherman looked at me and said, “that doesn’t sound right.” I said, “what is it that you don’t agree with?” He said, “I thought God loved everybody the same.” I said, “does God love you?” There was a very long pause and he responded, “I hope so!” I quoted Romans 5:8-10 slowly, repeating several phrases.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
No decisions were made, but we had a very nice conversation and I am sure some seeds were planted.
So, I have added a new fishing technique to my collection, sing a silly song about Jesus, and see what happens.