Jn.21:5,6 – Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
I feel like I have received my third calling from the Lord; the Lord called me Fisherman, the greatest honor of my life. I recently received a word study from David Sumrall on fisherman. In this word describing a fisherman at the time of Christ there is an interesting observation we must make. The disciples would throw out a net and catch everything. They didn’t go for the prize fish, they wanted a haul. I feel like I have been longing for that haul all my life. Don’t get me wrong, I have rejoiced in all the Lord has done regarding harvest in all these years at Victory but there is still that holy dissatisfaction, that cry from the belly that says there must be more.The personal evangelism, cell ministry outreach, Feed the Multitudes, Beyond the Grave,Mary’s Song; it has all been amazing. But…. I think I hear the Lord, “Fisherman, throw your net on the other side and catch some fish”. Check out this study from Chaim and Laura.
“When Jesus said I will make you fishers of men it may have given the disciples who were fishermen some pause. You see they caught fish with nets, not with rods, reels, and bait. They just go where the fish are at and drag them in.
Evangelism is simply bringing people to God and letting God do His work. Too often we use the Western approach to fishing that is baiting a hook with a juicy worm. In other words, come to Jesus and you will get all your problems solved, marriage restored, finances restored, health restored etc. Then when we make the catch we get our photo taken with our trophy, look what we caught. For the disciple’s fishers of men was their vocation, not their sport. Evangelism is our vocation, not a sport. They did not show off their biggest catch: “Wow, look at me, I sure snagged a good one, a star athlete, a CEO, a rich person.” They took what they dragged in, they were not searching for the big kahuna…. You just bring whoever the Lord puts in that net so He can save them and whisper in their ear, “I love you.”
So I think the Lord is awakening His fisherman for another haul. I’m going fishing, anybody with me?