“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ requires grace and faith. Grace describes the loving initiative and righteous atonement of God while faith is man’s grateful response to God’s grace. Both are absolutely essential for a connection with God and a redeemed relationship full of forgiveness and life.
Grace reveals God’s unconditional love for man as well as His forethought about a redeemed relationship. His grace is given at His discretion. We cannot earn it, nor will we ever deserve it. It is bestowed as a gift that can be received or rejected. It is provided to man at great expense. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross completely paid the debt for our sin and opens the door for our faith response.
This grace, when received by faith, releases man to live out the life that God intended. We are described as “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” God’s grace, when received by faith, makes this God-given potential for man a reality.
Faith is our response to God’s grace. Our faith releases the power of God’s grace in our life. Faith acknowledges the truth of man’s sin and pending judgment and personalizes it. Faith accepts the consequences of one’s sin and views the death of Jesus as God’s full grace payment of his sin.
The “fisher of men” is one who passes on this message of grace and faith. The “fisher of men” is one who has exercised his faith and already become a recipient of God’s grace. The “fisher of men” has the privilege of helping others to become a recipient of God’s grace.
Don’t overcomplicate the role of a “fisher of men.” Today, encourage those you meet to exercise faith in the One who offers such a prized package of grace.