“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to keep silent, and a time to speak.” Eccl 3:1, 7
Followers of Jesus have lots to talk about. The spiritual growth journey is full of lessons to be learned and passed on. Spiritual intimacy with God that comes from knowing God spills over and compels you to talk about the Lord. You just can’t keep it in.
“Fishers of men” are followers of Jesus who have been commissioned by God to speak about redemption, salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life. It’s not optional. To catch men, you have to verbally share the Gospel. How will people know how to connect with God unless you speak to them about it. That’s the bottom line for a “fisher of men” – talking about Jesus Christ.
But the scripture says there is “a time to keep silent” too. How can you be a faithful “fisher of men” and be silent? Isn’t this a contradiction? Not at all.
Sometimes you must take time to listen…and that requires silence. There must be times when you get alone with God and hear from Him. That won’t happen if you’re always talking.
Also, there are times when you need to be listening to others. Our words can become like clanging cymbals if we are not on the same page with the person we are speaking to. Our important message about Jesus Christ will fall upon deaf ears if we don’t take time to listen to people first. You’ve heard the old adage, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The Bible puts it this way, “Speak the truth in love.”
Are you balancing your life as a “fisher of men” with both silence and speaking? Have you taken time today to listen to God? Are you prepared to start talking about what He tells you? Are you listening to the heart of people around you? Are you making an effort to connect what God has been saying to what people around you are crying out for?
A “fisher of men” knows there must be “a time to keep silent, and a time to speak.” Today’s a good time to practice this truth.