“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. “If you consent and obey, You will eat the best of the land; “But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 1:18-20 (NASB)
You are not a puppet. When God created you in His image that meant you were created with the capacity to think, to feel, and to make decisions. Those things, among others, enable you to have a genuine personal relationship with God. It also means you can reject His invitation to enter into that relationship.
The prophet Isaiah warns us to think about that. He says, “let us reason together.” Since we are all born with a sin problem that separates us from God, we must deal with it. Pretending this problem doesn’t exist by ignoring the reality of our sin will result in an eternal death. On the other hand, coming to grips with the meaning and significance of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ can result in your redemption.
People need an opportunity to engage their souls (mind, will, emotion) with the truth about sin and God’s redemptive solution to their sin. They need to be encouraged to “reason together.” How will a person know that there is a solution to their sin problem unless someone tells them? That’s the role of a “fisher of men.” The “fisher of men” is a messenger with a message intended to provoke thinking, evoke emotional responses, and encourage a decision.
“Fishers of men” can’t think for anyone else but themselves. “Fishers of men” cannot choose life for anyone else but themselves. But “fishers of men” can challenge others to consider the truth about their sin and encourage them to receive the gracious redemptive offer given by Jesus Christ.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a message to deliver. Don’t let the potential negative and resistant thoughts, emotions, and choices that others could make detour you from this assignment. The message is going to be offensive to some, no matter how you communicate it. However, it’s going to be enthusiastically received by others. They will be eternally grateful that you passed the message on to them.
Today’s a good day to do some fishing! Go do some “reasoning” with people.