“Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is good, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. 35 Take care then, that the light in you is not darkness. 36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, the whole body will be full of light, as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Luke 11:34-36 (HCSB)
Do you remember the last time you stumbled around your house in the dark? For me it usually happens right after I’ve gone to bed at night and remember I forgot something like locking the front door or to plug in my cell phone to recharge it. So I hop out of bed and proceed through the house with the lights off. I don’t want to turn the lights on and wake my wife up.
Moving through the house in this way is tedious, sometimes painful, slow, and inconvenient. And then there are those times when I still have to turn the light on. You know, it’s hard to find the aspirin and the band-aids in the dark after you’ve banged your head into the sharp corner of a wall looking for your cell phone. Operating in the dark can be very difficult and frustrating. It’s always much simpler and easier to just turn the light on to begin with.
“Fishers of men” need the light on in order to effectively do what they’ve been called to do. If the light is not on you’ll be ineffective, slow, and reluctant. When the light is not on, you’ll find excuses not to “fish.” When the light is not on, you and I give up on people too soon.
So, as “fishers of men” we dare not live our lives without turning the light on. Below are a handful of light bulbs that you and I need to turn on as daily reminders of our calling as “fishers of men.” Check them out:
- “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” (2Cor 4:4)
- “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
- “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23)
- “How can they call on Him in who they have not believed? And how can they believe without hearing about Him?” (Rom 10:14)
- “To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by all means save some.” (1Cor 9:22)
Turning the light on is a reality check. It’s easy to ignore people’s needs if we aren’t aware of them. The fact is, people are worn out, weary, and whipped. They’re longing for answers to their questions about God and don’t even know the answers exist. Many have even given up their search and settled for far less than God intended. “Fishers of men” have those answers. It’s time to turn the light on and share them.