“God is faithful, by Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor 1:9
You were made for God. You were also made with the capacity to experience an intimate relationship with God. Do you remember reading about God walking in the garden looking for Adam and Eve (Gen 3:8) during the evening breeze? That’s a picture of intimacy, fellowship, and love. At this very moment, God is calling men and women into this kind of relationship.
Unfortunately, we are often quick to transform this relational call of God into simply a sterile change of destination. Evangelism has become a call to change our final destination from hell to heaven rather than that of a call to immediately enter into a relationship with God. We’ve transformed the work of a “fisher of men” into a ticket agent of a Heavenly airline who is simply there to make sure you know the flight number and are at the gate come time of departure. Passengers are then invited to relax in the “Crown Room” until their flight number is called. It’s no wonder that surveys show that less than 10% of professing followers of Christ share their faith with others. Who wants to leave the comfort of the “Crown Room?”
The role of a “fisher of men” is to pass on the message that God desires men and women to return to Him. The sin that has eroded and terminated the originally intended relationship with God has been dealt with on the Cross. Jesus took care of everything. He freely offers the gift of eternal life. But again, eternal life is simply another way to describe an intimate relationship with God, not define the longevity of life. Jesus put it this way in John 17:3
“This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God and the One You have sent – Jesus Christ.” John 17:3
He will not force you to return to Him. He simply makes the promise,
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8 HCSB
What if people began to see the call of God as a call to a relationship instead of a destination? That would require immediate action and would result in immediate changes. Perhaps it would impact the lifestyle of those “who have a ticket.” In fact, I believe ticket holders have been given free companion tickets to give away. “Fishers of Men” are looking for someone to give the tickets to. They’ve been paid for, don’t let them go to waste!
There are a lot of folks who don’t even know the tickets are available. Until “fishers of men” get out of the “Crown Room” they’ll never know. Go on…today’s a good day to go fishing.