Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables: 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. 4 Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet. 5 “But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the others seized his slaves, treated them outrageously and killed them. Matthew 22:1-6 HCSB
A “fisher of men” is a messenger sent by God with great news about eternal life. You’d think that anyone and everyone who hears would jump at the invitation to receive it. I mean, who wouldn’t want eternal life? But some don’t. In fact, often the messenger himself is rejected along with the Message as you can see portrayed in the parable above.
Let me ask you a question, “What do you do when a person rejects the Gospel you present?” Do you take it personally? Have you stopped sharing because you don’t want to be rejected again? Do you only share the Gospel with those you think would be receptive?
Many “fishers of men” have stopped fishing because they don’t want to be rejected. That’s a shame on a number of levels. In most cases people are rejecting the Message, not the messenger. Whenever the messenger takes the rejection personally and stops delivering the Message they are actually guilty of disobedience. A “fisher of men” has been given a heavenly assignment from their master. Jesus never told the “fishers of men” to fish only when they knew they would be received and the message accepted.
Some people are going to reject the Message. Some people are going to reject you. The message stills needs to be proclaimed. God has chosen to get the word out through you and me. This assignment, given to all followers of Christ, is not optional. Therefore, even though you and the Gospel may be rejected, keep on delivering the Message. “How are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?” (Romans 10:14)