..Of Men, Because The Whole World Is Filled With Those Needing Thee Fisher Of Men ..The Most.
You already know that Jesus Christ was the ultimate Fisher of men ..and of people.. and that this God-first lifestyle that He exhibited is what He calls every believer to in our day. Are you allowing Him to make you into an effective fisher of people? Do you pray for others around you in their brokenness to repent and come into a personal relationship with God? I challenge you to do this starting today.
It's important that men are men that understand the times we live in. I'm currently looking at 1 Chronicles 12:32 that speaks, "of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do." God could give us this same understanding and wisdom.
I'm looking at the words of Paul where he commanded guys to, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity" (1 Cor. 16:13-14).
I'm reviewing the book of Romans (now in chapter one).. "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due" (especially vv. 26, 27).
More and more, we are living in a confused culture gone astray. Romans applies for people today in our impure sex and pleasure focused society!
You already know that any dude can become a dad for mere pleasure's sake, but becoming a real and balanced father is a different story. There are few fathers today, who beget godly children. Yes, becoming a fearless fisher of men and biblical disciple-er of people in Christ is a completely different story indeed.
May I ask you a few questions? Did you personally have a dad who put Christ first in the home and out, you know exampled His love and effectively made disciples by faith? Did you have a good example to follow in the home? How would it be, how would things change, how would if affect our cities.. if guys in your country and in mine chose to get some Holy Spirit backbone if you will, along with a hatred of sin, and a love for all people? Of course God loves us all the same, He can use us all too, but how would it be in your family if you sold out completely to the God of the Bible ..on His terms, and then from that overflow of grace and wonderful relationship, went and shared your faith tactfully with anointed confidence?
Q: So why is it rad-important for guys to take a stand today, to go against the unholy, worldly influential tide and become real men?
A: It's because when a teenager turns from their sin and believes on Jesus Christ, 17% of the time their whole family will then follow suit and also become believers in the Lord because of their prayers and godly witness. When a mom turns from sin and believes on Jesus Christ, 34% of the time her whole family will follow suit and also become believers in the Lord. But when a father turns from his sin and believes on Jesus Christ, then 90% of the time his whole family will also follow suit and become believers in the Lord unto eternal life. (Dr. Erwin Lutzer told me this).
I have spent this entire week around over 2000 of the most confused of men that I've ever met, who literally don't know what they are at all. It's very sad to me, because God has a better plan for them. And many have spent thousands of dollars changing themselves, and some have been open enough to tell me that they were abused by their dads as children and others have confessed that they are not happy at all. In fact the corporations that they work for, have spent piles of money sending them and others to Dallas so that they could learn to feel comfortable in the workplace. They told me that is why they are here in the Big D through Thursday.
I've gone witnessing during the Mardi Gras before in New Orleans (full-on culture shock to the max), but this week has motivated me even more to pray for all types of people, especially for men to become godly men. I pray we all could be motivated to follow after the Son of Man who loves these people the most (Jesus Christ) and to go fishing.. allowing Him to be Lord in this ..yes, takin' part in daily worship of God first, and then taking part in His Great Commandment and Great Commission.. in that order ..for, "Jesus called out to them [His followers], 'Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!'" (Matthew 4:19).