“It also seemed good to me, since I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in orderly sequence, most honorable Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.” Luke 1:3-4 (HCSB)
Your faith must be rooted in the truth. Otherwise, it is not the kind of faith described throughout the Scriptures. In fact, Luke tells us in the introduction to his Gospel that it is important to know “the certainty of the things” about which we have been instructed. One cannot afford to believe something simply on the basis of how strongly you feel about it or want it. The foundation of your faith, for it to last, must be the truth; whether you feel like it or not.
Biblical faith is the combination of two factors: truth and obedience. Faith occurs when you know the truth and act upon the truth. To leave out either part is to “doubt” and not have “faith.” Notice how the writer of Hebrews defines faith with its two components:
“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB)
Faith requires “reality” not illusion. Faith requires “proof” not feelings. Faith boils down to an issue of trust. Once you know what God has declared to be true, will you respond to Him in obedience? That is when faith kicks into gear.
A “fisher of men” needs to be sure to present the truth about God and how a man can connect with Him. When a person knows the truth, he can respond to the truth and therefore, have a faith that works. “Fishers of men” must be diligent in their study of the Scriptures so that they may accurately and clearly deliver the truth to others.
Are you investing time daily in God’s Word? It is so important that a “fisher of men” know the truth. The effectiveness of your “fishing” will not depend on your eloquence or persuasiveness. It is the truth about Jesus that will open the door and encourage a person to believe. Believing will result in life.