“You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 (HCSB)
A “fisher of men” enjoys the benefits of “salvation” today. Because he has exercised his faith and placed his trust in Jesus Christ, he is a “new creation” (2Cor. 5:7) and it shows. The “salvation of his soul” has produced immediate results and will continue to bring about even more change until the day when he sees Jesus face to face. Until that time, though, “the fisher of men” enjoys and cannot suppress a new found joy resulting from this change. Peter describes it as rejoicing “with inexpressible and glorious joy.”
This inner joy, mixed with the communication of the Gospel, becomes a message that others want, and need, to hear. Life is very difficult and saturated with many disappointments. As a result, people are looking for hope and those who genuinely have experienced hope. That’s why the combination of the Gospel message and inner joy of the messenger is so important.
The “fisher of men” is committed to sharing the Gospel. But the “fisher of men” must never forget that his calling to fish for men results from his decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ. The relationship must precede the task. The relationship produces joy. Your joy will help to encourage the unbeliever to more seriously consider your message.
If you are a “fisher of men,” be sure to cultivate your personal relationship with God and enjoy the “salvation of your soul.” Take time to meditate on the benefits you now experience from following Christ. It will significantly impact your effectiveness in sharing the Gospel. Remember, if you’re going to “fish for men” you must use the right bait. Your inner joy will prove to be great bait.