“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!” Matthew 23:23-24
It’s so much easier to focus on the things that don’t matter as much. That’s not to say that those things are not important to us. We’d just rather spend time doing those things that we’re most comfortable doing. And it’s not that we don’t plan on doing those harder things that are more important; we’ll do them after the other things are done…that is, if we have time.
Jesus scolded the religious leaders of His day for doing just this. They were much more interested and committed to making sure their tithing spreadsheets were accurate and that they were not behind in their payments. They were so busy updating their records that they couldn’t see that they were neglecting much more important matters like “justice and mercy and faithfulness.” Jesus even gives a word picture that shows how ridiculously funny, and sad, these misplaced priorities are – “You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel.”
We “fishers of men” do the same thing. It’s so much easier to spend time reading about evangelism, going to evangelism training conferences, and listening to messages on “being missional” than actually doing some “fishing for men.” Studying the Scripture, praying, worshipping and fellowshipping with other Believers is important and must be a vital part of a “fisher of men’s” routine.
But “fishers of men” are suppose to fish for men! Jesus said He would be making His followers into “fishers of men.”
Beware of Pharisee-itis. Grab your pole and start fishing – TODAY. Get back to doing what you were “made” to do.