“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.” Proverbs 11:30
From the creation of man in the Garden of Eden until now, God has always intended that your life be productive. In fact, from the very beginning, responsibility for the upkeep and fruitfulness of the Garden was left in the hands of Adam and Eve until they were cast out. (Gen 2:15)
It is also God’s plan that your life counts and that it makes a lasting mark on the people that you touch. God says this kind of influence is not to be accidental nor optional. Jesus called us “salt” and “light” in His “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5:13-16). We are to do what we can to leverage that influence and maximize our impact on others.
How exactly does that work? How are we to maximize our influence on others as “fishers of men?” Proverbs 11:30 says that the result of our influence, or “fruit,” is to be “a tree of life.” This is a profound. Our influence on others is not to be merely a mark on their lives, but rather, a life changing episode that challenges and empowers them to adopt the same biblical lifestyle and agenda that you have so modeled…the lifestyle of a “fisher of men.”
We are to move beyond the goal of simply imparting truth. We must commit ourselves to the task of training and equipping those who respond to the truth to becoming reproductive disciples of Christ. The result of our witness and investment in others is intended to not only change their life but also transform them into a “trees of life.” It’s the difference between addition and multiplication. “Trees of life” bear “life producing” fruit. Jesus told His disciples to make “disciples” not “converts.” (Matthew 28:19)
“Fishers of men” are committed to doing more than simply impart spiritual truths about eternal life to others. A “fisher of men” seeks to so influence others that they become “fishers of men” themselves. So, what are you waiting for? Go fishing!