“For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” Romans 9:3-4 (NASB)
Jesus said that He would make “fishers of men” of everyone who follows Him. (Matt 4:19) His agenda included the proclamation of the Gospel so that not a single man or woman, boy or girl, would miss out on God’s gift of redeeming grace. Since man’s fall in the Garden of Eden, the penalty of sin has required that everyone pay for his or her sin with death. That death includes an eternal separation from God with no hope for change.
However, God sent Jesus Christ to serve this sentence of death in our place. Why? Because He loved us and was “not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)
Think about it…God loved us enough to give up His one and only Son in order that we might live again. That is amazing love…sacrificial love…perfect love.
When you reconnect with God, He begins a new work in your life. That includes your heart. A follower of Christ will begin to see others as He sees them…with compassion and love. In fact, as you become more Christ-like you will find yourself willing to sacrifice more and more in order that another is able to enter into a personal relationship with Christ. That explains why the Apostle Paul said “I wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren.”
He was willing to do whatever it took to bring those he loved to Christ.
A “fisher of men” is not just someone who shares his faith but also someone who is burdened about the lostness of men and women without Christ. Proclaiming the Gospel is more than an academic exercise that involves the recitation of facts about the sinfulness of man and the holiness and sovereignty of God. To share your faith is to provide the key to the locked door of eternal life.
“Fishers of men” see the urgency of the times and know that the message must be delivered now. Tomorrow in this world is never guaranteed.
Are you praying for opportunities to share with those who are currently blind and resistant to the gospel? Are you willing to adjust your schedule so that you could tell them the Good News? Does it break your heart knowing that we live in a country with over 100 million people who have yet to meet Jesus? In a world with over 2 billion who have never heard of Jesus?
We “fishers of men” can make a difference. We must commit ourselves to a calling to “fish for men.” We will make a difference, one person at a time. But only if you and I actually “fish.”