“Unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God…Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” John 3:3, 11-12
You cannot adequately and logically explain spiritual matters to one who is spiritually dead. And the problem is that everyone is born into this world spiritually dead. You can use analogies, parables, and personal stories to illustrate spiritual matters but they always abruptly stop short of a complete and satisfactory explanation. To the spiritually dead it just won’t make any sense.
The explanations and illustrations we use become apparitions and shadows of the truth to the one who has not yet believed in “the Son of God.” But that does not mean the “fisher of men” should stop trying to persuade men and women to connect with Jesus Christ.
A “fisher of men” should do everything in his power to communicate what he knows about relating and connecting with God. The “fisher of men” needs to speak about what he has seen, heard, and personally experienced. The Holy Spirit will use these things to convict the hearts and minds of the spiritually dead concerning their need for Christ.
The creative use of words, pictures, stories, and testimonies will lead a person to the point where they can take a step of faith. The “fisher of men” must work at improving his skills in these areas. When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus He said, “If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” Believing the “earthly things” that a “fisher of men” talks about is a vital building block to one’s ability to “believing” spiritual matters.
But never forget that your efforts, no matter how polished or eloquent, will only bring a person to the edge of the precipice of faith. You can help them see what their options are but the mystery of redemption will remain a mystery until they take the plunge called faith.
Spiritual transformation will only be realized when a person, at the edge of commitment, finally takes a step of faith. When that step is taken and he is “born again,” then he will finally “get it” and “see the Kingdom of God.”
So, stop gauging your effectiveness as a “fisher of men” on the spiritual response of others. Your effectiveness is to be based upon your obedience to carry out the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20) not the response of those who are “spiritually dead.” It’s time to go “fishing.” And while you fish, keep on asking other “fishers of men” how they fish. You’ll pick up some good ideas and improve your fishing skills.