“When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, requesting Him to come and save the life of his slave…Jesus heard this and was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following Him, He said, ‘I tell you, I have not found so great a faith even in Israel!’” Luke 7:3, 9
A Roman centurion had exhausted all his options. His trusted slave was at the point of death and there was nothing else he could do to help. But then he heard about Jesus.
He was desperate and he didn’t know what else to do. So he turned to those he thought would know Jesus and asked them for help in getting through to Jesus. The Jewish elders did help and ultimately the centurion’s slave was healed.
But, don’t miss the point here by focusing exclusively on the healing miracle. There’s no way the centurion would have known to turn to Jesus had he not “heard” about Him first. And, the centurion did not know how to approach Jesus except through the ones who knew Him.
Nothing has changed. It happens all the time. When people get desperate and realize how needy and helpless they are, they begin to look for help outside themselves. Even the most godless people will consider God at that moment. God uses helpless situations to get our attention. But, they will not have a clue how to approach God unless they first “hear about Jesus.”
That’s where the “fisher of men” comes in. A “fisher of men” naturally and habitually talks about Jesus. He can’t help it. His relationship with Jesus Christ has so changed his life that he is compelled to tell others about it. The stories circulate and eventually word gets around. Needy people “hear about Jesus.”
Then, when needy people begin to seek Jesus they look for someone who can help them to connect with Jesus. That’s you. Will you be on the lookout for them today? There will always be needy people desperate for help. Will they see you as someone with answers?
They won’t unless you’re talking about Jesus. Word gets around.