“Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it. You are also saved by it, if you hold to the message I proclaimed to –unless you believed to no purpose. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received…” 1Cor 15:1-3
The gospel is the message to be delivered by “fishers of men.” It’s just that simple! And, a “fisher of men” is someone who wants to connect others with Jesus Christ. That’s what happened to them. A “fisher of men” had someone help them to connect with Jesus. Because of their grateful heart, they are now compelled to pass this message on to others. No other criteria better motivates or qualifies them to do this.
However, these days, one would have you believe that you must be a master communicator, a professional counselor, a financial success, a priest, a pastor, or a seasoned Bible study teacher to be able to adequately share the gospel with someone. It’s because we’ve made the gospel something it is not.
- If the gospel were a complicated system of truths that could only be understood by theological experts then it would require a master communicator/teacher/priest to share it.
- If the gospel required emotional and psychological health before you could receive it then it would require a professional counselor to share it.
- If the gospel required a perpetually happy and unscarred individual with a perfect marriage, a fulfilling job, and surplus in his bank account for the gospel to be clearly communicated, then no one is qualified to share it.
One thing needs to be absolutely clear here. The gospel’s effectiveness has nothing to do with the character, conduct, or conversation of the witness. The apostle Paul said,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16
The gospel, when received, changes lives. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ were enough. Our “sin” debt has been paid for by Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus has opened to door to a new, forgiven, and connected life. It’s called salvation.
A “fisher of men” is an imperfect and flawed messenger who has been called to deliver a powerful, perfect, and life-changing message. Instead of waiting until you feel more qualified to deliver the message, which you’ll never be, go deliver the message now, while you have breath.