“Then God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me.’” Exodus 20:1-3
“I’ve never broken any of the Ten Commandments.”
“I’m not an evil person.”
“I can’t imagine God sending someone like me to hell. I’ve not done anything that bad.”
“I’ve been faithful, generous, and kind throughout my life. Surely God will take that into account.”
Do you remember the time when a rich man came to Jesus and asked Him what “good thing he needed to do to obtain eternal life?” (Matt 19:16-24) Jesus responded by telling him if he wished to enter into life that he should keep the Ten Commandments. The man said he had kept them without fail since he was a boy. So, Jesus came back with one more demand. “Go sell all you have, give it to the poor, and follow Me.” When the man heard this, “he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.”
Had Jesus added another commandment to the Ten? No. He simply helped the man see how he had not been as innocent as he had thought. Jesus had identified another god that the man was worshipping – Money and Possessions.
It’s so easy to rationalize away our guilt from sin. We can always twist and distort the Scripture and make it say what we want it to say. By comparing ourselves to others and their performance, we can always make ourselves look better.
But our problem is sin. A person cannot be forgiven of their sin until they get honest about their sin and confess it. The gift of forgiveness and life is offered to all who are willing to repent of their sin.
A “fisher of men” is to share the Good News. Jesus died on a cross in order to pay the consequences of our sin and meet the demands of Divine Justice. He has been resurrected from the dead and offers life and forgiveness. But the Good News is only good news when you understand the severe nature and consequences of your sin.
You can’t convince and persuade a person to receive Christ until they are convicted of their sin. That is the Holy Spirit’s role. As you “fish for men” be on the lookout for those who know they need a Savior. They’re longing to hear the Good News.