“I have become all things to all people, so that I may by all means save some.” I Cor. 9:22
A “fisher of men” cannot fish for men without developing relationships with PEOPLE. There is no ministry without PEOPLE. Jesus has commanded us to preach the Gospel to PEOPLE. We are to make disciples of PEOPLE.
I just returned from a mission trip to Lithuania and spoke to one of the local university students who was to be instrumental in starting a church in his city. As we talked about how to proceed, he said that he would be inviting his non-Christian friends to the Bible Study we had planned. Did you catch that? He said he would be inviting his FRIENDS. That’s another way to describe PEOPLE.
This was exactly the way the Apostle Paul operated. Whenever he would travel to a community, he would immediately identify PEOPLE that he could establish a relationship with. He befriended them. Once the friendship began he proceeded to do what friends do…talk. And their talking led to conversations about what they valued and was most important to them. For Paul, it was Jesus. So he told them about Jesus and would always get around to inviting them to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus.
It was that simple. Paul summed up this strategy this way, “I have become all things to all people, so that I may by all means save some.” He intentionally made friends so that ultimately he could share Christ and do the work of a “fisher of men.”
Have you told your friends about how important Jesus Christ is to you? What are you waiting for? It’s definitely time to do some “fishing.”