Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Huh, Being Before Fishing ..Before Any Serving?

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. —Jesus, Matthew 11:28

 

Results, results, results.. gotta see the results! The proof is in the pudding. No time to waste—we've got to see the positive results of your labor! Think bottom-line dude. Meet your quotas or you're out. More numbers! Work it and then you can approach. NOT!

 

Hey Buckeroo, ever seen a tree straining to produce?

 

How 'bout a fisherman out at the lake?

 

Not so much?

 

With this in mind, how do ya personally feel when people bring up the subject of personal evangelism? "Oh man, Martha, I'm sure the pastor wants more service from me now out there in the neighborhood, but I've been working like a dog at my job. How can I ever satisfy God.. and him?"

 

I believe that Christians tend to think of "fishing for men" only in terms of action these days ..maybe because when people go fishing for fish it's supposed to be about doing something. But being the kind of fisher that God wants to make every believer into is much more than that.

 

The godly are like trees that bear life-giving fruit, and those who save lives are wise. ~Proverbs 11:30, nlt

 

I walked life's path with worry, disturbed and quite unblest,

Until I trusted Jesus; now faith has giv'n me rest. ~Bosch

 

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. ~Jesus, John 15:4, nkjv 


Factoid for ya: Fishing for souls is not merely something you do, but it's much more about something you are.. in Christ. It's a lifestyle of agape-connection.


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