But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for…the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
“I’m just waiting for the right time to share with him.”
“She doesn’t look like she’s interested in talking about spiritual matters.”
“I’m not quite prepared to answer all the questions that I know he’ll have.”
A “fisher of men” is always fishing for men. Sometimes you catch them and sometimes you don’t. The reason for this erratic response is because we just don’t know when a person will be ready or receptive to the Gospel message. Our responsibility is to keep on fishing. Actually, you never really know how ready a person is until you do some fishing. Until you throw the line out you just can’t know whether you’ll get a nibble.
The Scripture tells us not to base our judgment of people and how receptive they are based on outward appearances. Some people are really good at disguising how they really feel. Sometimes what appears to be a very hard heart on the outside may simply be the result of a bad nights sleep. At other times it may be the result of miscommunication and misunderstanding.
Today you are going to run into all kinds of people. Some will look ready and others will not. But you will not know who is really ready until you “test the water.” Try striking up a conversation. Be kind, compassionate, and genuinely interested in others. Look for indicators of spiritual curiosity and interest. Share your story how you met Jesus Christ. And don’t be surprised when they tell you that they’ve been hoping to find someone they could talk to about spiritual things.
Have a great day fishing!