“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
Spiritual matters do not make sense to the natural man. The natural man translates life through a materialistic, scientific, and humanistic filter. The natural man must be able see it with his own eyes in order to believe it.
This is a problem for “fishers of men.” As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are able to see what you were never able to see before. Your eyes were opened to spiritual things the moment you placed your faith in Jesus Christ. And the longer you’ve been a believer, the harder it is for you to understand why people can’t see what you see. It’s so easy to forget how blind you were before you were born again.
A “fisher of men” has been born again. His “spirit” has therefore been resurrected from the dead and is now able to experience an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. At the moment of the “new birth” you were finally able to see. Spiritual things now make sense.
But spiritual matters still won’t make any sense to others around you just because they make sense to you. You can’t get a person to believe in Jesus Christ simply by winning an argument. Logic and reason are not enough to lead a person to believe in spiritual matters. Paul said, “the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God.”
The “fisher of men” is faced with a spiritual challenge. Paul calls it spiritual warfare. And you cannot fight spiritual battles with physical weapons.
“Fishers of men” must use spiritual weapons like prayer and the Scripture when dealing with spiritual blindness. First, when you pray, you release the very power of God upon a matter. God will do everything possible, except force a person to believe, as a result of your prayers for unbelievers. He will lead the unbeliever to the edge of belief.
Secondly, as a “fishers of men” you must expose others to God’s Word. The Bible describes itself as sword that is able to divide the soul from the spirit (Heb 4:12). There’s something about the Scripture that gets through natural blindness. The Scripture provides that nagging edge to your conversations about Jesus.
So, don’t be discouraged if someone pushes back when you try to share Jesus with them. They don’t get it because they can’t get it. They were born spiritually blind. Be patient. Keep praying. Keep on exposing them to God’s Word. Don’t give up on them. You were called by God to keep on fishing.