“Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who makes you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD.” Leviticus 22:32-33
Your lifestyle needs to be consistent with your relationship with Jesus Christ. Whenever you choose to ignore God, disobey God, or prioritize your agenda over His, you are inviting a skeptical response to any message you communicate about God. The Bible says you are “profaning” God’s name. This is a very serious offense and it will significantly hamper your efforts as a “fisher of men.”
Webster’s Dictionary defines profane as “treating something sacred with abuse, irreverence, or contempt.” You can see how this kind of behavior would affect your attempts to share the Gospel. It’s much like a chain-smoking parent telling his child that he shouldn’t smoke. The hypocrisy of the message taints the message itself and invites skepticism.
This is not to say that the “fisher of men” must be perfect in his behavior before he can go fishing. But, the “fisher of men” must daily and loyally submit himself to the Lord. Whenever he sins against God there must be immediate confession and repentance. This humility will clearly draw a distinguishable line between the flaws of the messenger and the truth of the message about a perfect God. This communicates not only a reverence for the God he represents but also highlights the difference between the messenger and the Message.
We are called to be “fishers of men.” Our lifestyle becomes like bait. If it accurately reflects the Message you will find people drawn to the Message. If not, you shouldn’t be surprised when rejected. It is a shame whenever a seeker refuses to consider the Gospel Message because he can’t get past the offensiveness and inconsistencies of the messenger.
Today, recommit yourself to following Jesus and pursuing His agenda. Don’t let yesterday’s blunders prevent you from “fishing for men” today. Be willing to humbly admit that you are flawed but also be quick to point out how the Gospel has radically changed your life from what you were.