“And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.” Acts 28:30-31
How did the Apostle Paul spend his last days in Rome while awaiting an audience with Caesar? This passage in Acts 28 says it all. They are the last words in Scripture describing Paul’s life. It was unlikely that Paul would ever be free again. In fact, history records that he was ultimately executed in Rome.
Yet he did not waste a moment. He continued to “fish for men” until he died. He continued to sacrifice what he had in order to connect people to Jesus Christ to the very end. It was that important.
My father-in-law recently passed away after about a year of tremendous suffering. He was constantly going back to the hospital for one ailment after another. Each time, the doctors said that it looked like these would be his last days. That didn’t change the fact that he was a “fisher of men.”
These were very difficult and painful times. But he saw these final days as an opportunity to reach out to all of the medical personnel who ministered to him. He would say that God had given him a few more days to make sure someone else would hear about Jesus. He continued to sacrifice what he had in order to connect people to Jesus Christ to the very end. It was that important.
“Fishers of men” must understand the value of the moment. It’s all we have…this moment. “Fishing for men” must become the priority agenda item of the moment. There’s too much at stake to waste the moment. Who will be lost if we waste it? Go tell somebody about Jesus…you won’t regret it…neither will the one you talk to. It’s that important!